This Saturday, the SF Chapter of The Links Incorporated is presenting a free screening of The Waiting Room at the Bayview Opera House in San Francisco. I'm jazzed because I have heard many good things about the film on NPR last year. Here's a description:
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.
In addition to the film screening, the legendary Belva Davis and the Peter Nicks, the producer of the documentary are going to be there. I'm sure it'll be really enlightening event.
Tickets: Important! Although, the event is free, you need to register for the event to attend. Please register here
Meeting up details: The screening is going to be at the Bayview Opera House. I haven't been there but I will check in once I get there. Please check in or text me when you arrive. We'll probably find a gathering place to hang out before the movie starts.
I hope to see you there!