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Not for the weak-stomached or faint of heart, Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, available now on DVD from First Run Features, offers excellent insights into the highly-touted humanitarian organization and the individual doctors who keep it afloat. The documentary follows volunteer doctors in war-torn Liberia and Congo, not only detailing their “typical” work day activities (in often bloody detail), but also delving into their motivations for joining the organization, their means of coping with high-pressure situations, and their opinions of the humanitarian assistance field.
While just watching the documentary, which includes footage of crude amputations and a hernia the size of a beach ball, can make your blood pressure rise, Living in Emergency is also strangely refreshing. While most documentaries focusing on humanitarian assistance often turn into love letters to specific organizations or individuals, Living in Emergency