Honoring The Ethical Arts with Kief Davidson

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My friend Kief Davidson criss-crossed Africa with a tiny crew and often alone, maneuvering among political demagogues, brave children, their parents, state bureaucrats and one swashbuckling Italian heart surgeon, the only non-profit transplant surgeon in sub-Saharan Africa to make this Oscar contender for best documentary short. Somehow the mission of the surgeon and the hospital, the delicacy and honesty of the filmmaker, the ambitions of Sudan’s president Bashir (who makes an unbelievable, unannounced visit to the hospital), and the fragile courage of the children seem to evoke deeper and deeper strengths and qualities not only in all of them, but in the viewer too. These days short subjects have a much greater life on the web. Seek this one out.

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