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February 8, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm| Free
Director Keir Moreano’s record of his father’s experience as a volunteer doctor in Vietnam in 2003 as a journey of a professional who has come to question the difference he makes in the lives of his patients in the U.S., and finds renewed passion in his calling spending several weeks conducting surgeries and training staff in a hard-pressed hospital in Hue. “The film observes Dr. Moreano as he performs operations, counsels patients, and laments the lack of basic diagnostic equipment, presenting a portrait not of a saint but of a temperamental man who has faced depression and is often bored by a specialty whose symptoms are — in the first world, at least — rarely life-threatening. In the deprivation of Vietnam, however, free of the safety blanket of the American medical establishment, Dr. Moreano rediscovers the rush of risk and with it a passion he has begun to question.” (New York Times)
The film will be followed by a Q&A session with a local medical professional involved in medical volunteer work in Asia. (2005, in English and Vietnamese with English subtitles, 74 minutes)
Join us to celebrate our sixth year of screening Asian documentary films in Pittsburgh! All films are open to the public and are free of charge.