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  • Jun 23-29, 2010
  • Vol. 30, No. 36

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  • Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders

    Since 1971, humanitarian aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — called Doctors Without Borders stateside — have sent volunteers into hostile, chaotic world hot spots, not to extinguish flames but smother embers one patient at a time. This exceptional story doesn’t offer much history of the organization’s triumphs and controversies, but instead focuses on a handful of talented and very harried medicos at work in the Congo and Liberia. As a piece of publicity, Living is infinitely more useful than the fairly recent and melodramatic Angelina Jolie howler, even if its edges are raw. Director Mark N. Hopkins has edited together a messy, shambolic film, one reflecting the anarchic and challenging lives of its subjects.
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