The Waiting Room*

The complexity of the nation's public health care system is etched in intimate detail in this poignant vérité portrait of an American public hospital and the community of patients and caregivers that intersect with it. The ER waiting room in Oakland's Highland Hospital serves as the backdrop to an encounter with a diverse community of largely uninsured patients—a young victim of gun violence, small business owners, international asylum seekers—alongside an indefatigable staff charged with caring for them. Although seemingly about one hospital, this documentary serves as a microcosm for the national health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction.

*Screening as part of 2013 DC Labor FilmFest - http://www.dclabor.org/ht/d/ProgramDetails/i/23256/pid/46784

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  • Jacqueline (Jacquie) S.

    The film itself was a wonderful depiction of the the problems we are facing in this country when it comes to health care. I truly enjoyed the film.

    October 14, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    Also it was great how someone from our group won that little raffle they did. Congrats again Michael Ali.

    October 13, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    Gauging from how nice the pre-film chat was I'm sure the post-film chat at Panera was just as good if not better. I will definitely try to stick around to join next time.
    Looking at the film from a different angle, I like how it proves that you don't need a big budget to make a great film.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • Kesha

    Likewise, nice to meet everyone! Thanks for the convo.

    2 · October 12, 2013

  • David

    Excellent film. It was worth braving the storm I had to drive through coming from Virginia. The discussion afterwards was even more fun. It was a pleasure meeting and talking with intelligent folks. Can't wait for the next one!

    2 · October 12, 2013

  • Lee C

    Had a great time and enjoyed out talking about the film at Panera Bread after the film!

    1 · October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not feeling so hot. Have fun everyone.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not feeling so hot. Have fun gana

    October 11, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    FYI, I'm going to have to come back to the office to finish some stuff in case anyone might want to take the initiative to plan any sort mingling after the film. See yall there.

    October 11, 2013

  • Lee C

    What are the logistics in terms of both meeting people and talking about the film afterwards?

    October 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Good point

      October 10, 2013

  • Jacqueline (Jacquie) S.

    Are ticket prices the same online and in person? Can't get anyone on the phone at AFI

    October 10, 2013

    • Dunori V. P.

      I think there might be a $0.50 difference (more online).

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • Dunori V. P.

    For those not familiar with the theater, after passing the staff person who collects tickets you enter a hallway that leads to the auditoriums. Walk left and you will find the snack bar where there are some tables & chairs. We can meet here at 6:30 (thanks for the idea Kevin). I will have a table tent set up at one of the tables so we know how to identify the group. We can wait here until 6:50 for everyone else to arrive before we take our seats and meet back in this same spot to discuss the movie afterwards (this worked well when we went to see Blue Caprice) or we can go for some eats at a nearby restaurant to do so.

    2 · October 10, 2013

  • terry

    I will be there and I'm. Ringing my friend, who is a healthcare professional.

    1 · October 6, 2013

  • Teddy

    This looks like it is going to be very interesting. Very timely considering Obamacare is about to go into affect.

    1 · September 23, 2013

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