In the 1980s, three young people barely out of their teens began a movement that would change global health forever. Bending the Arc tells their story.
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October 13, 2017
The 19th-century Boston Unitarian preacher Theodore Parker is quoted as saying “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe, the arc is a long one. . . . But from what I see I am…
“Bending the Arc stretches and soars to the highest documentary dimension.”
“[Their] quiet outrage over the widely-held assumption that it's futile to treat the global poor drives this story, which is as much about the triumph of a philosophy as of medicine.”
“As debates rage about whether healthcare is a right for all or a privilege for those who can afford it, 'Bending the Arc' goes beyond rhetoric to give viewers an inside look at doctors who simply want to make a difference.”
“While caped, biologically enhanced avengers dominate multiplexes, ‘Bending the Arc’ chronicles what real-world heroes look and sound like.”
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Not so long ago, the public health establishment declared it was impossible to treat poor people suffering from certain deadly diseases. In the 1980s, a fledgling group of unstoppable health advocates barely out of their teens set out to change that. Their revolutionary model of training communities to care for themselves, and treating all people with world-class medicine, has forever changed public health.
Bending the Arc is the story of Harvard medical student Paul Farmer, idealistic physician Jim Yong Kim, activist Ophelia Dahl, and the international movement at the center of some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.
October 28, 2017
Excerpt taken from an article originally published in NPR. Years before she became the health minister of Rwanda, Agnès Binagwaho tried to lock a fellow pediatrician in a hospital room. She saw a doctor…
October 27, 2017
Excerpt taken from an article originally published in the National Catholic Reporter. In 1983 Ophelia Dahl, the 18-year-old daughter of Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Neal and noted children’s author Roald Dahl (who wrote Charlie and…
October 24, 2017
Excerpt taken from an article originally published in The Washington Post. The government ministers were facing a new infectious disease outbreak. The mysterious virus was sickening and killing people with alarming speed. Some patients…