REMOTE AREA MEDICAL

PopUpChairFor one weekend, the NASCAR speedway in Bristol, Tennessee is transformed into a hub of pop up medical care… and boy do local people need it!

Prospective patients start arriving days in advance–camping out in their cars–so they can be sure of getting a precious admission ticket.

Heart-breaking & inspiring, & probably relevant to almost every rural community in the USA. (JLH: 4/5)

Co-directed by Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman. Click HERE for our FF2 Haiku. NOT YET SEEN BY RICH.

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Top Photo: The view from one chair.

Bottom Photo: Up & down for one weekend.

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Jeff Reichert & Farihah Zaman

Q: Does Remote Area Medical pass the Bechdel Test? RedA

Yes.

Interviews are evenly distributed between the men and women who arrive for care, and the dedicated people doing their best to provide it. The care teams are comprised of physicians, dentists, nurses, techs, and aides–and men and women are shown filling all of these roles.

In addition there are teams of people providing clerical assistance–filling out medical information forms, etc–as well as people doing crowd control before and clean-up after.

This is not a film that lionizes a few heroic male father figures; this is a film that shows the full complexity of a massive endeavor taken on primarily by volunteers who could surely find a million other ways to spend the weekend.

So BRAVO to Reichert &  Zaman for making sure that we really do see “The Big Picture.”

 

Tags: Bristol Tennessee, Farihah Zaman, Jeff Reichert, Remote Area Medical

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