Featuring 2020 Padma Shri Awardee: Dr. Ravi Kannan, his colleagues, and patients.
The documentary “Cachar Crucible” takes us behind the scenes and looks at the vision, courage, and tenacity required to provide cancer care in a rural outpost in Assam. Yes, the hospital was crowdfunded and the villagers contributed to it. The building was built brick by brick without contractors, so they won't lose money in bribes. They begged, pleaded and got Dr. Ravi on one condition, he gets the final say in all the administrative decisions. Of course, they said yes. The hero of our film. He believes the patient always comes first. In the film, under his leadership, the medical team along with six patients cope with the disease and make hard choices. The director Ravi, Polomy (the only female physician in the hospital), Kalyan (an 86 years old medical oncologist) and Debu (the counselor and the pharmacist) are the primary characters in the medical team. Sita and Gopal, Raki and her family are two of the patient stories. The film follows their fears, decisions and cancer treatments, barriers, and struggles. By 2020, 70% of the world’s cancer cases will be in developing countries, with a fifth of these in India. Awareness, accessibility, and affordability are huge barriers to cancer care. "Cachar Crucible" shows how a tackle them. We have incredible access to their responsive, innovative approach that is focused on listening to the people and many a health care facility can learn from them. Production is complete except for some picks if necessary. This project is in post-production. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details