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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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Healthcare is a human right, and this film shows the people making it so
27 October 2020 | by chrisbjacobsSee all my reviews

If you've ever thought about what it takes to change the way the world works, this film shows you one way it happens. It tells the story of the people who started with nothing but the idea that everyone everywhere deserves quality healthcare, grew that idea into an organization proving it can be done, and eventually changed the minds of the worldwide medical establishment to include treatment of the poor as part of the baseline standard. Follow the protagonists from idealistic college students to founders of the medical group Partners in Health, delivering state-of-the-art treatment to the poorest in rural Haiti, to advocates for top-line healthcare delivery to the poor around the world. They showed it could be done and then demanded that the medical establishment revise its views about what is possible on a global scale. This inspiring and amazing tale of perseverance is told beautifully and poignantly, tracing the history up to present day health crises and the response of the people passionately driven to see that no one is left behind.

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Release Date:

6 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Bending the Arc 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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