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THE ENGLISH SURGEON
"Deeply touching, resonant and even sentimental, in its affirmation of human goodness... What would have been a good story under any circumstances is elevated by its subject" -Variety
"Extraordinary... A life-affirming, unforgettable portrait of a true humanitarian" -TimeOut London
"A lovely film, the best documentary for a long time" -The Guardian
"Funny, frightening and deeply moving" -London Times
"Exceptionally well-crafted" -Chicago Tribune
Recommended! "Tremendously moving" -NewCity Chicago
"The film attempts to come to terms with the anxiety and regret that go hand in hand with [Marsh's] altruism. Itís all the more effective for it" -TimeOut Chicago
Recommended! -Chicago Reader
British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh resides in South London and has a practice at the local hospital nearby But over the past 16 years, he has spent several weeks annually in Ukraine performing brain surgeries, in a country where neurosurgery barely exists, 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. The English Surgeon follows Dr. Marsh on one of his visits, documenting the steep challenges to, and need for, improved care in Ukraine. The doctors treat patients with extraordinarily dangerous diseases under grueling conditions. They are often forced to improvise for a lack of equipment, such as performing one surgery with a Bosch cordless home power drill. This remarkable documentary is an intimate portrait of Marsh as he battles the painful dilemmas of the doctor-patient relationship will also presenting a sense of what it truly means to give people hope when they have none.
Directed by Geoffrey Smith, Ukraine/United Kingdom, 2007, 35mm, 94 mins. In English, Russian and Ukrainian with English subtitles.