Three healthcare providers bring care to a rural American community, showing the transformative power of providers' relationships with marginalized patients.
Directed by Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green
Produced by Stray Pony Productions
Executive Producer/Creative Advisor: Jamie Meltzer
Editors: Chris Brown, Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green
Camera/Sound: Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green
Original Music: Paul Brill
Executive Producers for ITVS: Sally Jo Fifer, Lois Vossen
A co-production of Stray Pony Productions LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
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"Seeing this film is a reminder that human nature is good despite all evidence to the contrary." Louis Proyect
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, THE PROVIDERS follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. Amidst personal struggles that reflect those of their patients, the journeys of the providers unfold as they work to reach rural Americans who would otherwise be left out of the healthcare system. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers' relationships with marginalized patients.
Grade Level: 10 - 12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2019
Copyright Date: 2018
DVD ISBN: 1-948745-22-4
"A compelling portrayal of the individuals - physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners - who deliver care under very difficult circumstances. I enjoyed the film."
Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics
"The Providers shows humanity at its neediest and at its most admirable."
The Boston Globe
"The Providers delivers a deeply moving portrait of selflessness and dedication that feels particularly timely in this era of division between the red and blue states."
The Hollywood Reporter
"Beautifully-composed doc, which immerses us in the lives of three unsung heroes quietly making a difference on the margins"
"A heart-warming, soul-affirming documentary [which] provides a deep insight into small-town America while confronting the challenges of keeping those in poor, rural communities safe."
"Your community needs you...This inspiring movie finds that, for some young professionals, vocations start where they are most needed-at home."
Washington City Paper
"Deeply touching from beginning to end, The Providers tells stories of triumph and tragedy, of heroes and their travails."
"Our own inadequate medical system is given a merciless treatment in The Providers, Anna Moot-Levin and Laura Green's clear-eyed but encouraging look at a collapsed community."
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Awards and Festivals
Nationwide Broadcast on PBS's "Independent Lens"
Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Award, St. Louis International Film Festival
Gold Prize for Best Documentary Feature, Social Justice Film Festival (Seattle)
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary, Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Spirit of Activism Award, San Francisco DocFest
Triumph of the Human Spirit Award, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival
Humanitarian Award (feature documentary), DOCUTAH Film Festival
Humanitarian Spirit Award, Rockport Film Festival
Power of Film Award, Beloit Film Festival
Full Frame Frame Documentary Film Festival
AFI DOCS Film Festival
DOC NYC Film Festival
Big Sky Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
GlobeDocs Film Festival
United Nations Association Film Festival
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Buffalo International Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival
Louisville's International Festival of Film
Las Cruces International Film Festival
Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
North Dakota Human Rights Film Festival
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