The Surgery Ship

  |  Book Tickets: 20/08/2016
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Out on the ocean, a ship of doctors and nurses is travelling to the poorest of the poor living in West Africa in this informative and dramatic Australian documentary. It carries life-saving medical services for people who have none: children who suffer with terrible leg deformities, women outcast from their communities by birthing fistulas, vast tumours of all shapes and sizes which afflict the unlucky. With no medical help, sufferers must survive the best they can - unless the ship is in port. The ship docks in a different country every year and people come from all corners of the globe. Nerida is a young and idealistic yet inexperienced surgeon who will face a patient who cannot be fully cured. Neil is mature doctor who has left his steady practise to go to one of the most out of control countries on earth. Dan will form an unexpectedly deep connection with a young child, whom he must leave at the end of the year in Guinea. Told through their eyes we follow the dramatic and confronting events as they unfold on the Surgery Ship. Winner - Best Documentary - Audience Award - Sarasota Film Festival. Australian Directors Guild Awards Nomination - Best Director. Australia 2015 Madeleine Hetherton 78m