A POWERFUL DOCUMENTARY ABOUT A DOCTOR COMING TO TERMS WITH THE POWER AND LIMITS OF MEDICINE
An outstanding documentary portrait of a compassionate British surgeon and his Ukrainian protégé that takes a universal issue and engages viewers close up; how issues of access to health care and resources play out in different countries. The filmmaker gained extraordinary access, superbly reported and visualized this story over time and distance. The story is beautifully shot and edited. In stark terms, the viewer sees what it means not to have access to health care. Raw scenes of surgery in Ukraine are deftly edited, as are scenes of the doctors’ honest reflections on the power and limits of medicine. The haunting story of one surgery that went wrong especially resonates.
Geoffrey Smith, director, producer; Graham Day, director of photography; Kathy O'Shea, editor; Rachel Wexler, co-producer; Nick Cave, soundtrack composer; Warren Ellis, soundtrack composer; Darrell Briggs, James Thompson, sound recordists; Tony Wilson, online editor, colorist; Mike Wabro, dialogue editor; Slava Feofilaktov, Shreepali Patel, 2nd unit directors; Anatoly Gagramanov, 2nd unit camera; Gerard McCann, music editor; Jake Jackson, music recorder; Sheila Humphreys, Irena Zaytseva, production managers; Sally Jo Fifer, executive producer for ITVS; Greg Sanderson, executive producer for BBC; Nick Fraser, executive producer for BBC; Simon Kilmurry, executive producer for POV
View a trailer for the English Surgen on PBS: pbs.org/pov/englishsurgeon/#.
View a video journal from Geoffrey Smith at vimeo.com/dupontawards/2011-gsmith.