Bosnia. Rwanda. Kosovo. Sierra Leone. Pakistan. Just a few of the world's humanitarian and political crises in the past years. Whether the result of war or nature, these disasters devastate populations and cripple health systems. Despite the immense dangers and difficulties of the work, one organization, Doctors Without Borders, has continuously intervened at these frontlines of overwhelming human need. Set in war-torn Congo and Liberia, LIVING IN EMERGENCY interweaves the stories of four volunteers with Doctors Without Borders as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under the most extreme conditions. Two volunteers are new recruits: a 26 year-old Australian doctor stranded in a remote bush clinic and an American surgeon struggling to cope under the load of emergency cases in a shattered capital city. Two others are experienced field hands: a dynamic Head of Mission, valiantly trying to keep morale high and tensions under control, and an exhausted veteran, who has seen too much horror and wants out. Amidst the chaos, each volunteer must confront the severe challenges of the work, the tough choices, and test the limits of their own idealism.
Academy Award short listed documentary "LIVING IN EMERGENCY: STORIES OF DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS," opens theatrically in New York & Los Angeles on May 28th, 2010, distributed BEV Pictures. During the nomination process for the 82nd Academy Awards earlier this year, LIVING IN EMERGENCY was among the 15 documentaries selected for the shortlist by the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Directed by Mark N. Hopkins (producer of "Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry"), the feature-length film provides a rare inside look into the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders organization, marking the first time a film crew was granted unlimited and uncensored access to its field operations in war-torn Congo and post-conflict Liberia.