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NOTE: The Berkeley Filmmakers Screening Series screens regularly the third Thursday of the month. Reservations will be taken for a particular month's screening only after the 1st of that month. To make reservations, click on FILMS tab above and see the link for reservations beneath each film. Tickets are free UNLESS the screening is a Berkeley FILM Foundation (BFF) grant winner, in which case a $10 ticket price will be charged to directly benefit the BFF, grant program established to nurture and grow the independent filmmaking community and to attract the next generation of filmmakers.
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|Address||Zaentz Media Center
2600 Tenth Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
|Phone||510 486 2286|
The Waiting Room
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 7p.m
The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.
The ER waiting room serves as the grounding point for the film, capturing in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers and international asylum seekers crowd the halls. The film weaves the stories of several patients – as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them – as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s public health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.
The Waiting Room lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.
Filmmaker Peter Nicks will be on hand for a Q&A immediately following the screening.
The Waiting Room is a 2012 Berkeley FILM Foundation Grant Winner. A ticket price of $10.00 will be charged, the proceeds of which will go directly to the Berkeley FILM Foundation toward to next grant cycle funding in 2013.
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