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Open Heart


Eight Rwandan children leave their families behind to embark on a life or death journey seeking high-risk heart surgery in Sudan. Their hearts ravaged by a treatable disease from childhood strep throat, they have only months to live. Open Heart reveals the intertwined endeavors of Dr. Emmanuel, Rwanda’s lone government cardiologist as he fights to save the lives the young patients, and Italian Dr. Gino Strada, the Salam Center’s head surgeon who must convince President Omar Al-Bashir to keep Africa’s only link to life-saving cardiac surgery free of charge for the millions who need it.

Running Time: 54 min.
Subject(s): African Cinema and Culture, Children, Conflicts, Family, Health
Language(s): English, Italian
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Urban Landscapes Productions
Production Company: Urban Landscapes Productions


Festival Participation

  • IDFA - 2012
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2013
  • Hamptons International Film Festival - 2013
  • Irvine Film Festival
  • Boulder International Film Festival

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