In the 1990s, a South American city is rocked by the imminent outbreak of a plague. While many attempt to flee the city, Dr Bernard Rieux sends his sick wife away and does his best to care for the plague’s victims. The plague means different things to different people: to the doctor, it’s a disease to be cured. To a pair of French journalists, it’s a breaking news story. To religious leaders, it’s punishment for sins. As the sense of isolation and hopelessness grow, Dr Rieux and his associates begin to question their previously-accepted feelings of justice, loneliness, and love. Based upon the novel by Albert Camus.Read More »
During the final months of Argentinian Military Dictatorship in 1983, a high school teacher sets out to find out who the mother of her adopted daughter is.
Based on actual events during Argentina’s military dictatorship of the 1970s, this powerful film–superbly acted and directed–raises important questions about the individual’s obligations to society. As such it is a fitting vehicle for a medical humanities discussion. In addition, there are specific issues about adoption that could also be discussed–questions about origins, disclosure, rights of the birth mother and relatives, rights of the adoptive family, and above all, how all concerned may feel about these issues.Read More »