Bending the Arc premiered to a standing ovation in front of a sold-out crowd at Sundance Film Festival. This award winning film has been called a real-life superhero movie and a story that will reignite faith in human potential to change the world for the better.
Bending the Arc (by executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck) tells the story of Partners in Health, and how two Harvard medicine students and an activist devoted their lives to treating and trying to eradicate tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS in Haiti, Peru and Rwanda. Bending the Arc is a hopeful story of ambition and goodwill, and demonstrates how a small movement can grow to change thousands of lives for the better.
The film follows an extraordinary a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl—whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement. They met in Haiti and in 1987 set out to provide high quality healthcare to the people of the world’s poorest countries. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high quality health care available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the existing charity and medical establishments, these humanitarians took their fight from the village to the world stage, to ensure that health care is a right for all, and that geography should not determine destiny.
Emotionally charged and optimistic, Bending the Arc pairs determination with knowledge and an understanding of community needs, to illustrate how the actions of a few can create a worldwide movement and produce positive change on a huge scale.
AWARDS: Best Documentary Feature Film at Greenwich International Film Festival
FESTIVALS SCREENED AT: Sundance Film Festival, Montclair Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Miami International Film Festival
*This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.