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Bending the Arc (2017)

The extraordinary doctors and activists whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all.


Kief Davidson, Pedro Kos
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Credited cast:
Paul Farmer Paul Farmer ... Self
Ophelia Dahl Ophelia Dahl ... Self
Jim Yong Kim Jim Yong Kim ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jaime Bayona Jaime Bayona ... Self
Catherine Betrand-Farmer Catherine Betrand-Farmer ... Self
Agnes Binagwaho Agnes Binagwaho ... Self
Cesar Bonilla Cesar Bonilla ... Self
Rosa Celi Rosa Celi ... Self
Heureuse Charles Heureuse Charles ... Self
Marcella Davies Marcella Davies ... Self
Peter Drobac Peter Drobac ... Self
Jean Gabriel 'Ti Jean' Fils Jean Gabriel 'Ti Jean' Fils ... Self
Julia Gutiérrez Quispe Julia Gutiérrez Quispe ... Self
Yverose Jean Yverose Jean ... Self
Thomas Kim Thomas Kim ... Self


The epic story of the global health movement is seen through the intimate narrative of Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and other courageous doctors and patients who led the fight, against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, to bring medical care to the poorest people and most neglected regions around the world.

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A Friendship That Changed the World




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A film that will open your mind to a new way of thinking about healthcare
13 August 2020 | by ncarney-20668See all my reviews

This film is inspiring, not just because of the incredible work done by its protagonists, but also because of the new way of thinking it presents around how healthcare should be delivered, not just for the poor, but everywhere. It is damning critique of the way in which we have thought about global health for years, and offers a perspective that will hopefully lead to more people empowering communities to build health systems that work for them and are not dictated by people who do not understand those communities. This film is an excellent piece of education for anyone interested in global health, international development, or medicine at large.

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Release Date:

6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,160, 8 October 2017

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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