English and Spanish versions included on DVD.
A small team of Ecuadorian doctors expanding the possibilities of rural health for their own people.
Dr. Edgar Rodas has dedicated his life to improving the health conditions for underprivileged communities in his native Ecuador, and Cinterandes is his visionary mobile hospital and rural health care project. The Most Distant Places travels with Dr. Edgar Rodas and his team to the far reaches of Ecuador; by road, from the indigenous mountain communities to the coast with their specially designed hospital truck; and by river, deep into indigenous villages in the Amazon jungle with their surgical boat. The story goes deeper to show how an innovative rural health project grew from the success of the mobile surgery program, and how Cinterandes has become an effective model that can replicated in other developing countries. By interweaving intimate portrayals of the doctors with stories of the patients they treat, this film offers a unique look at the challenges of providing health care for impoverished people located far from adequate medical facilities.
The film is a good leader for discussions at many levels - in global health or development classes.
Nap Hosang, Program Head, Interdisciplinary Masters in Public Health program, Lecturer in Global Public Health, UC Berkeley
“The Most Distant Places is ideal for helping to teach my class on the principles and practice of international humanitarian surgery and medicine.”
Dr. Donald Laub, M.D, former Chief of Plastic Surgery, Stanford University, and founder of Interplast
Prize of the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic, Ekotopfilm - International Festival of Sustainable Development Films<
Official Selection, Kos Ippokratis International Health Film Festival
Official Selection, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Official Selection, Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Finalist, View Change film contest, Link TV
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