Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma
Canada 2007, 90 min., documentary
Director: Patrick Reed
Dr. James Orbinski, who accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize as President
Sans Frontières (MSF), was a field doctor during the Somali famine and
the Rwandan genocide. Having seen the best and worst of humanitarian assistance
and of humanity itself, Orbinski embarks on his most difficult mission to date—writing
a deeply personal and controversial book that struggles to make sense of it all.
Leaving his family behind in Toronto, Orbinski returns to Africa, revisiting
the past and hoping that here, in the place where he witnessed humanity literally
torn apart, he can rediscover the true heart of humanitarianism.
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