Medecins Sans Frontieres is an independent medical relief agency that offers much needed aid to individuals in areas with active conflict, in areas that are in crisis following any kind of disaster, and in areas where there is simply little medical help available. In 2008, they allowed a film crew access to their work in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and in post-conflict Liberia. The result was the documentary Living In Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders.
This month, it will be shown in the following venues across the UK and followed by a question and answer session with MSF staff:
There is more information about the documentary at its official website here at Doctors Without Borders US. It is, the MSF UK website tells us, not a pretty film about heroes or heroines. It is about the reality of aid work — blood and sweat, tough decisions and hard consequences, laughter and tears, cigarettes and beer, arguments and all.
The screening in Glasgow is at 5.45pm this Tuesday. I hope to see you there.