This portrait of two patients, a doctor in training, an activist medication smuggler and a pharmacist on the verge of bankruptcy gives faces to the medical crisis in Venezuela.
With Human Rights Watch Film Festival we present the online premiere of a film which offers itself almost entirely to its subjects: the everyday residents of Venezuela. The mounting unease felt by the working class with the state of their country is perfectly distilled in this brave document.
3.5 Heartbreaking documentary, especially knowing how much worse the situation became after filming ended in 2017. Has an interesting structure with the unusual psychotherapy acting sessions. Wish there was more background on the breakdown of the medical system, especially in terms of the effects that United States sanctions have had. We should be ashamed of ourselves.
Left me mesmerized as I watched. Are these actors? Real people? Is this documentary or fiction? Very few documentaries stray away from the conventional talking heads and straight, "We-have-something-important-to-say" tone successfully. Mr. Jencquel uniquely structures his film to truly document like few other filmmakers can and honestly presents the importance of his painful Venezuelan humanitarian crisis.
I am a Venezuelan medical doctor. This documentary realistically and accurately shows the current healthcare situation in Venezuela. The reasons are beyond this work, but are not a secret: a populist government of drug lords have been doing whatever it takes to stay in power for 20 years now, stealing the country’s reserves. U.S. sanctions have been imposed against these individual drug lords, not against Venezuela.