Our First Friday Film Festival (FFFF) is a monthly program that extends the opportunity to view documentary films in Antigonish throughout the fall, winter and spring months. Recent themes included music, dance, art, animal rights, human rights and the environment. Choices include films that express the inherent mystery and intrigue of life, history and circumstances while celebrating challenging, creative and investigative storytelling.
Admission is by donation.
Thirty years ago three remarkable young people barely out of their teens (Jim Yong Kim, Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl) came together in a squatter settlement in Haiti. They were determined to provide the same world-class level of medical care they would expect for their own families to the Haitians who soon became their friends.
Idealistic but very inexperienced, they suffered tragic early failures that made them question the way they were delivering health care. This led them to develop, in partnership with the patients themselves and guided by medical anthropology, a revolutionary and controversial model: training their friends and neighbours, ordinary Haitian villagers, as health care workers. Despite enormous resistance from the outside world they treated diseases that the experts had determined could not or should not be treated in the poor because of expense and difficulty.
The groundbreaking work they began in Haiti would eventually grow to have massive global effects. Reaching far beyond the issue of health care, Bending the Arc shows how imagination, strategy, and sheer willpower can change the trajectory of the world, bending the arc of the moral universe closer to justice.
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