Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma to be Feature Film
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma will be the feature film of RCCongress 2010. The film, and an appearance by the doctor whose life inspired the film, James Orbinski, is sponsored by the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC).
Orbinski is the former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières and accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the organization.
The film is inspired by Orbinski's 2008 book, An Imperfect Offering, which won the Writer's Trust of Canada's Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and in which he seeks to make sense of his experiences.
On the impulse for writing about his experiences, Orbinski says:
"Stories. We all have stories. Nature does not tell stories, we do. We find ourselves in them, make ourselves in them, choose ourselves in them. If we are the stories we tell ourselves, we had better choose them well.
This book is a series of stories. I ask again and again, 'How am I to be, how are we to be in relation to the suffering of others?' It is a question that has preoccupied me for much of my life."
The documentary film, Triage, which will be shown at the Religion Communication Congress in Chicago April 8, follows Orbinski to Somalia, Rwanda and Congo and captures the haunting choices doctors must make as they race against time with limited resources.