Opening Night Film Premiere Highlights

The Greenwich International Film Festival was thrilled to present BENDING THE ARC as our 2017 Opening Night Film, sponsored by WMC Health Network. This empowering documentary represents everything the Festival believes in and demonstrates how to Make An Impact in small communities to solve a much bigger problem. Directed by Kief Davidson & Pedro Kos, this powerful film about an extraordinary team of doctors and activists – including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl – whose work thirty years ago toward saving lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history.

Following this incredible film, GIFF hosted a moving Q&A discussion about the state of global health today and how to Make An Impact in the most desperate of places. The discussion included screenwriter and producer Cori Stern, film subjects Ophelia Dahl and Joia Mukherjee, and Dr. Rifat Latifi, Chief of General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center. In addition to these Q&A participants, GIFF was honored to have Global Health Corps CEO & Co-founder Barbara Pierce Bush, who offered a unique perspective on what are the challenges today in the global health crisis. Thank you to WMC Health Network for sponsoring this enlightening film screening and Q&A; you made our Opening Night Film Premiere truly unforgettable!

To learn more about Partners In Health, click here.

To learn more about Global Health Corps, click here.

 

 

Paul Farmer in a Haitian Clinic with a young child, in a still from BENDING THE ARC.

 

(Left to Right) Ophelia Dahl, Cori Stern and Joia Mukherjee attend the WMC Health’s Global Health Care Town Hall Panel for BENDING THE ARC. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

(Left to Right) Sam Kleiner, Colleen deVeer, Wendy Reyes, Ginger Stickel, and Dr. Dr. Rifat Latifi attend the WMC Health’s Global Health Care Town Hall Panel for BENDING THE ARC. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

(Left to Right) Ophelia Dahl, Barbara Pierce Bush and Joia Mukherjee attend the WMC Health’s Global Health Care Town Hall Panel for BENDING THE ARC. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

(Left to Right) Ophelia Dahl, Colleen deVeer, Joia Mukherjee, Barbara Pierce Bush, Wendy Reyes, and Ginger Stickel attend the WMC Health’s Global Health Care Town Hall Panel for BENDING THE ARC. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

A view of the discussion panel during the WMC Health’s Global Health Care Town Hall Panel for BENDING THE ARC. Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Greenwich International Film Festival

 

Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl, and Paul Farmer in a still from the film BENDING THE ARC.
About the author

Lindsey Hascher has spent her whole life in Fairfield County. After spending 8 years at Convent of the Sacred Heart on King Street, Greenwich has been her home away from home. She is currently a senior at Quinnipiac University studying Mass Communications with a minor in Computer Science and Digital Media. After volunteering for the inaugural festival in 2015, she wanted to get more involved with the year-long process surrounding the festival. In her spare time, she works part-time at SoulCycle Greenwich and tries to see as many films as possible.

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