doctors without borders: dedicated to life

programme information


4 x 60' or 8 x 60'

Production Company

Produced by Terra Mater Factual Studios in association with Illuminati Filmproduction





Episode Information

They travel around the globe to care and to cure, dare to enter crisis zones and repeatedly put themselves in danger as they carry out their missions: the people from ‘Doctors without Borders’. Who are these men and women? What do they think? What do they feel? ‘Dedicated to Life’ gives an insight into the reality of their lives between home and the frontline. Maarten is currently the only doctor on site in a refugee camp in South Sudan, where more than 40,000 people are living under very difficult hygienic conditions. “It teaches you to be humble, it teaches you to be thankful for the things you actually have”, he reflects as he recalls his battle against a recent outbreak of hepatitis E. Not all of them are doctors: Erik, a civil engineer and water technician, is responsible for ensuring a functioning supply of drinking water in an even bigger camp. ‘Dedicated to Life’ portrays the lives of these doctors, engineers, nurses, logistics experts and a host of other support personnel as they really are: no pathos, no clichés, no hero cult. As the experienced project-coordinator Renate says, “We are not looking for heroes –just be yourself, be professional and make every moment of it count”.

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