- Social Issues, Human Interest, Contemporary Issues, Portrait, and Religion
Long Island native Dr. Rick Hodes has dedicated his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia. Hodes provides these patients with hospital care, and arranges for complex overseas surgeries, often paying for these out of his own pocket. Thus far, he has adopted 17 children in order to provide them with not only proper medical care, but also a home and an education. Making the Crooked Straight chronicles this remarkable mans life and work in Ethiopia.
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Making the Crooked Straight is a 30 minute documentary film about one manâ€™s journey to save the world by saving one child at a time.
Born in Long Island, New York and educated at John Hopkins-Dr. Rick Hodes has dedicated his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia over the past 20 years. Many of his patients are stricken with tuberculosis of the spine, a disease that creates massive humps on the backs of its victims. Eventually theyâ€™re forced into permanent forward-bending posture, which in turn prevents their lungs from working properly, and if left untreated leads to death.
Driven by his devotion to Orthodox Judaism and its belief that â€œHe who saves one life, saves an entire worldâ€™, Hodes provides these patients with hospital care - arranges for complex overseas surgeries - often paying for these out of his own pocket - and has, thus far, fostered seventeen children in order to provide them with not only proper medical care but a home and an education.
Often compared with Albert Schweitzer and Mother Teresa, Hodes believes the only way to change the world is to be the change.
â€œMaking the Crooked Straightâ€ explores this remarkable manâ€™s work in Ethiopia, his highly original family life, and the spirituality that has guided his choices and sacrifices.
- Running time
- 29 minutes
- Susan Cohn Rockefeller ... Director
- Angela Alston ... Outreach Consultant
- United States
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- Hot Springs Documentary, Woods Hole, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, NY Jewish Film Festival, and more
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