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High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau

On a doctor's philanthropic mission to Tibet, he receives more than he could ever imagine.

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High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau (Trailer Version 1)

Overview

Genre
Biography, Anthropology, Adventure, Contemporary Issues, and Human Interest
Synopsis

High Plains Doctor: Healing on the Tibetan Plateau follows Dr. Isaac Harry Sobol, Chief Medical Officer of the Northern Canadian Territory of Nunavut, and his volunteer medical team as they assemble and conduct a primary care clinic in a remote Tibetan village. Shot over one month, the film documents the team's treatment of nearly 1,500 indigent patients. Although gratifying, this work is not easy. The team labors for long hours, encountering late-stage conditions they wouldn't ordinarily see in Canada, and ethical complexities that are at the core of our North American health-care debates. High Plains Doctor brings viewers a rare window into the uncensored pain and disharmony in an isolated part of Tibet. Bridging health-care in Nunavut and Tibet, the film reveals disquieting parallels facing these aboriginal peoples. High Plains Doctor captures unforgettable images of life in a village since devastated by a 7.1 level earthquake.

Stage
finished
Running time
67 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Helliwell Pictures
Country
Canada
Years of Production
2006-2012
Locations
Yushu, Tibet; Iqaluit, Nunavut; Terrace, British Columbia

Distribution Details

Release year
2012
Festivals
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Broadcast (Acq.)
CBC documentary channel
Language
English

Photos

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