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Trustee Sarah Johnson Redlich '82 is executive producer of a documentary, Living In Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders, that is eligible for the Academy Award. The film is being shown for one night only on December 14 in theaters around the country; Elizabeth Vargas, anchor of ABC News' "20/20," will host the one-night event featuring the documentary and will moderate a live panel discussion with aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

Set in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia, the documentary provides unprecedented access to the field operations of Doctors Without Borders, interweaving the stories of four doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Redlich states, "This is an organization that goes where no one else will, to countries and situations where people are dying from lack of any health resources. They work under extremely stressful circumstances, where usually they are in danger themselves. The men and women who I have met during my involvement with this film are true heroes, yet want no recognition. I find them to be the bravest heroes of all. They are not actors; most are volunteers. They simply want to make the world a little better for those in greatest need. They put themselves in the gravest of situations in order to accomplish this, and I am proud to be part of this effort."

More information about the film, and about the December 14 event, is available on the film's official Web site and at the event Web site.

Posted: December 3, 2009


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