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The Waiting Room


Fri, May 4 7:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

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Sat, May 5 6:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

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Sun, May 6 9:15 PM
The Royal Cinema

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81 minutes | USA  | International Premiere | Rating: 14A

The Waiting Room is a riveting day in the life of an Oakland, California, public hospital’s overtaxed emergency room. The film expertly weaves the stories of several patients—most of them uninsured—who come to the inner-city facility because they have nowhere else to go. Extraordinary access to patients and caregivers paints a vivid picture of the ailing state of America’s health care system. A ballsy nurse, an anxious father, a drugged out serial patient and a small group of other memorable characters do a far better job conveying the urgent need to address the inequalities rampant in the system than do talking-head experts. And while the film is a reflection on the dysfunctional system as a whole, it’s equally about one hospital, one community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans. Shannon Abel

Media Coverage

Pete Nicks

Lawrence Lerew
Linda Davis
William B. Hirsch

Executive Producer(s)
William B. Hirsch
Sally Jo Fifer
Scott Verges

Peter Nicks

Lawrence Lerew

William Ryan Fritch
B. Quincy Griffin

Lawrence Lerew

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