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Films & Schedules - The English Surgeon

Sat, Feb 7, 2009
at 3:45 PM (B3)

Mon, Feb 16, 2009
at 4:15 PM (WH)

The English Surgeon

DIRECTOR: Geoffrey Smith - Great Britain

London neurosurgeon Henry Marsh spends his vacation time donating his professional skills at a hospital in Kiev, where the patients are desperate for care and the doctors are frustrated with their rudimentary medical equipment.  For Marion, a poor young Ukrainian man diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, the arrival of Marsh ay be an answered prayer.  Before Marion's complicated surgery, Marsh makes a poignant journey to seek out the mother of a patient he failed to save several years earlier, in an attempt to let go of the memory that haunts him.  Featuring an original score written by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, this remarkable documentary is an intimate portrait of Marsh as he battles the painful dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship and the limitations of neurosurgery.  Within the revealing examination of the deplorable medical conditions in Ukraine, The English Surgeon offers a sense of what it truly means to give people hope when they have none.

First feature film.

B3     94 Minutes    

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