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Remote Area Medical (2013)

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A documentary on the annual three-day "pop-up" medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee's NASCAR speedway.

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A debate over healthcare has been raging nationwide, but what's been lost in the discussion are the American citizens who live day after day, year after year without solutions for their most basic needs. Remote Area Medical documents the annual three-day "pop-up" medical clinic organized by the non-profit Remote Area Medical (RAM) in Bristol, Tennessee's NASCAR speedway. Instead of a film about policy, Remote Area Medical is a film about people, about a proud Appalachian community banding together to try and provide some relief for friends and neighbors who are simply out of options. Written by Anonymous

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A three day clinic set up in Tennessee caters to those unable to afford a doctor and resort to charity outreach as a primary source of health care.
8 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It looks like a scene from a Coachella weekend; thousands of people camping in cars, sleeping in tents in empty parking lots and enjoying general tailgating activities. While on the outside this looks like a fun event, it's actually a look at a tough reality. Directors Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman capture the story of a health care crisis that hits close to home for too many people in the documentary Remote Area Medical- not being able to afford a doctor and resorting to charity outreach as a primary source of health care. In this eye-opening film, we get an intimate look at a Tennessee clinic's operation for three days and experience first hand the hardships that many Americans encounter to receive basic medical care.

It is not a glamorous situation, and Remote Area Medical doesn't try to convince us otherwise. The flaws in the organization are acknowledged, and then passed over. Politics or statistics are not mentioned, this is not a propaganda type film. It is very people-driven whose story on it's own is enough to want to evoke a change and find out more about this organization.

http://cinemacy.com/remote-area-medical/


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