Saturday, June 23, 2007

BLOODLETTING: 2004 film chronicles one woman's personal comparison between US/Cuban healthcare systems

Article by Latifa Boyce, "Bloodletting" is an earlier, independent film contrasting the leviathan that is healthcare in the world's richest nation, with the healthcare system erected in Cuba in the midst of a criminal embargo. What Cuba has been able to do despite the embargo is miraculous, or just good policy.


Bloodletting is a tale of two countries, one rich, one poor; it's the story of two healthcare systems, one nationalized, one profit-driven; and it's the personal story of two regular people living without healthcare in America. Filmmaker Lorna Green borrows a camera to make a documentary on Cuba's healthcare system, revealing history, culture, and paradoxes of contemporary Cuban life. When she returns to the U.S., she finds her mother, a teacher, and her brother, a manufacturing worker, living without health insurance. Both become caught in a downward cycle in the ugly underbelly of medicine for the uninsured in America. Turning the camera on her own family, Lorna documents the struggles of real life without a health safety net. What emerges is an intensely personal story, woven in with grave statistics and commentary on a country where 45 million people are uninsured. (67 minutes, 2004.)

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