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Remote Area Medical (2013)

TV-14 | | Documentary | 6 April 2013 (USA)
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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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Bristol, Tennessee, USA

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A good documentary with great subject matter
10 November 2013 | by outdoorcatsSee all my reviews

This simple, effective, and narration-less documentary follows a volunteer-run organization called Remote Area Medical whose purpose is to provide free health care service (especially dental and vision) to remote areas around the world. Or was originally for remote areas around the world, but now focuses far more on the United States as the health care availability situation here has gotten worse.

The temporary clinic this film follows over a 5-day period is actually in a small rural community in Tennessee which happens to be the birthplace of country music.

The camera mostly focuses on the patients, most of whom camp out days beforehand to be first in line for tickets. It does not flinch from showing some truly gruesome dental procedures up close on camera. It's nasty stuff. Some come out overjoyed , feeling blessed because they can see properly for the first time in years, or not be in physical pain for the first time in years. Others come out angrier, embittered, and completely hopeless.

It's both a sympathetic and human portrait of rural east-coast Americana and the unbelievable hardships some people are capable of living through. Hopefully it gets lots of people who watch it interested in doing something like these RAM volunteers are doing, because it's really incredible.

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