Online film showcases work of Doctors Without Borders
NEW YORK (September 14, 2010) – The critically acclaimed documentary, “Living In Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders,” an unvarnished, realistic look at humanitarian relief, will premiere on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. CST on Constellation, an online movie theater at http://www.constellation.tv. The film will be screened every night for eight weeks and viewers will be able to interact with each other on live chat rooms and to customize their own viewing events.
Set in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and post-conflict Liberia, “Living In Emergency” interweaves the stories of four doctors working with the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.
MSF granted the documentary crew uncensored access to its field operations.
After signing up at Constellation, viewers can purchase tickets for $2.99 and invite people to the same screening. Viewers can “host” their own screenings, engaging in realtime online chats during the film.
An online Q&A session with the film’s director, Mark Hopkins, will coincide with the September 17 premiere.
“With this new and innovative online platform, people all over the world will now have access to see a rare inside look into the day-to-day lives of humanitarian workers on the frontlines, without having to go to a movie theater,” said MSF-USA Communications Director Jason Cone. “Living In Emergency allows viewers to grasp a deeper understanding of what Doctors Without Borders does, and the limits, struggles, and challenges our staff face in the field on a daily basis.”
“Living In Emergency is a great fit for Constellation,” said Constellation co-founder James Lawler. “It’s an incredibly powerful film that a lot of people have wanted to see. We’re honored to be able to feature it on our platform, and believe that it will connect viewers through an online forum where they can share their questions and thoughts about the film with each other.”
During the nomination process for the 82nd Academy Awards earlier this year, Living In Emergency was among the 15 documentaries short-listed by the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On June 4, 2010, the film was distributed in select cities across the US, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C., receiving critical acclaim.
For more information visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org/livinginemergency.