Shot in cinéma vérité, War Hospital intensely immerses the viewer in the sights and sounds of the world's largest field hospital. Over the past eighteen years the International Committee of the Red Cross has cared for victims of the civil war in Sudan - the longest-running conflict in Africa - near the Sudanese border in Likichoggio, northern Kenya.
The ICRC allowed filmmakers David Christensen and Damien Lewis unprecedented access to the surgical hospital and local medical staff as they go about their duties, caring for wounded Sudanese soldiers and women and children, all casualties of the civil war. With no narrator and minimal explanation, War Hospital simply and powerfully captures the joy and sadness of life and death. From the beginning glimpses of rebel fighters singing patriotic songs to the final, sombre graveyard scene, the documentary subtly brings home the horrors of war.
Warning: This film contains graphic medical images.
2005, 89 min 10 s
Prix et mentions
Mention honorable - catégorie: long métrage
Digital Media Festival
Du 20 au 22 avril 2006, Banff - Canada
Meilleur film du festival
Festival international du film et de la vidéo
Du 9 au 13 novembre 2005, Columbus - États-Unis
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