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Une goutte dans l'océan, A Drop in the Ocean ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523282
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Yves Bisaillon
Directors:  Lise Éthier
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Biography, Biography, Black History, Black History, Career Education, Career Education, Documentary, Documentary, Global Studies, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Medicine, Medicine, Social Issues, Social Issues, Women's Studies, Women's Studies, World History, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  48m 50s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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When Doctors without Borders, the humanitarian medical aid agency, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, Dr. Claudette Picard was in Liberia. Her first mission with the agency had begun in this small country of West Africa six years before. In the meantime, she had practised medicine in other wartorn countries such as Zaire and Afghanistan, always in extremely hazardous conditions.

What impels women and men like Dr. Picard to leave their easy lives behind and go off to do what little they can to alleviate human suffering? Whatever the motivation, the doctors are in the field, providing medical care and helping to draw attention to distant places often forgotten by the world's media. Places like Harper, a small town in Liberia devastated by a decade of civil war. This is where we follow Dr. Picard on her rounds. With her halting English, her comforting presence and a few scarce drugs, she sometimes manages to do the impossible. But not always...

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