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The Waiting Room

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Ken Light

The Waiting Room

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
81 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/14/12
performer:
Demia Bruce, Davelo Lujuan, Eric Morgan
director:
Peter Nicks
distributor:
International Film Circuit
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

The anteroom in question is that of the ER at a big public hospital in Oakland, where those with no medical insurance can receive treatment. But first they wait. And wait. Weaving expertly selected and edited stories of patients and staff into a representative fabric of urban health issues, this exemplary specimen of highly effective cinema vérité by Bay Area filmmaker Peter Nicks does best by sticking to its business: Nicks reports on what American public medicine looks like today. You decide if it’s working or not. A-

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