From the brothers behind the Academy Award nominated feature documentary GENGHIS BLUES, comes the next great adventure. In an Indiana Jones meets Mother Teresa adventure, three middle-aged men, former soldiers and modern-day knights, travel the world delivering life saving humanitarian aid directly into the hands of civilians and doctors in some of the most dangerous yet beautiful places on Earth, the front lines of war. Ed Artis, Jim Laws and Walt Ratterman are self-styled Knights of Malta, and in 1995, they formed Knightsbridge International, a unique humanitarian aid organization, whose motto is "High Adventure and Service to Humanity." Artis explains: "We're not there to change anybody's politics, we're not in the God business, and we pay our own way." Their specialty is going where death from land-mines, bullets, or bombs is as frequent as death from hunger, disease, or the elements. As Laws tells it simply, "We do what we can, when we can, because we can." Their personal ... Written by
Beyond the Call is a wonderful, heartfelt documentary about three older gentlemen who risk their lives in the name of adventure and altruism.
It is a wakeup call for those of us content to believe that most charities are simply doing everything they can with the money we give them. Just 20 minutes into the film we begin to comprehend the sad truth - there are many places that standard humanitarian organizations just won't reach. The money just doesn't make it there, for a variety of reasons. The three men featured in the film, Ed Artis, Jim Laws and Walt Ratterman, are modern knights who are among the few that serve to actively aid these untouchable areas, most surprisingly without the intention to change the beliefs of their people in any way.
The power of Beyond the Call comes from the contrast of these men as people (all very quirky, strong-willed, and highly unusual characters), and as a cause. It's both amusing and very touching to see a bunch of good old military boys helping people out in the most dire of circumstances. It drives home the point that anyone can make a difference, should they devote themselves to it.
Adrian Belic has crafted an emotional, entertaining, and important film that could very well change the way the world thinks about humanitarian aid, should each and every person sit down to watch it.
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