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Bending the Arc


A powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists – including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl – whose work thirty years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all. The community health model they developed to treat diseases like tuberculosis has saved millions of lives in the developing world. Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history.


  • The New York Times
    Review: Paul Farmer Works to Heal Haiti in ‘Bending the Arc’.
    A feel-good documentary that’s literally about making people feel good, “Bending the Arc” dives into the quagmire of global health care with the sunny insouciance and can-do brio of its primary subjects, the doctors Paul Farmer and Jim Yong Kim, two founders of Partners in Health.
    By Jeannette Catsoulis
  • The Hollywood Reporter
    ‘Bending the Arc’: Film Review | Sundance 2017
    Written by The Hollywood Reporter and Bending the Arc.
    Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’ doc is about a group of advocates who sought to improve access to quality healthcare around the world.
    Written by The Hollywood Reporter and Bending the Arc
  • Variety
    Film Review: ‘Bending the Arc’
    For anyone who wants to believe in the promise of Martin Luther King Jr.’s quote “the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice,” a film like “Bending the Arc” is downright inspiring. With the gripping appeal of a great epic novel, Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos’ documentary spans three decades of diligent work on the frontlines of global health crises to prove, in moving detail, the difference dedicated professionals can make in seemingly hopeless situations
    By Geoff Berkshire
  • Global Health and Social Justice Discussion – Meet the Founders of Partners In Health.
    This sponsored event by the Sundance Institute Film Festival showcased the award-winning documentary Bending the Arc to promote an academic discussion on two of the most volatile and pertinent topics of the last year: global health and social justice.

Festival Participation

  • Miami International Film Festival - 2017
  • Berkshire International Film Festival - 2017
    Audience Award
  • Sundance Film Festival - 2017
  • Greenwich International Film Festival - 2017
  • Montclair Film Festival - 2017
  • North West Fest - 2017
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - 2017

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