Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
North Carolina Central University will host a screening of the provocative new documentary “ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Miller–Morgan Building auditorium. The film will be followed by a panel discussion.
The screening, in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), is one of 70 scheduled across the country on Sept. 17 in an effort to facilitate a national conversation about healthcare and the state of health and health education in America. Healthcare professionals who view the film can earn continuing-education credits by completing an evaluation after the event.
Directed by Matthew Heineman and Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Susan Froemke, “ESCAPE FIRE” premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Human Rights Award at Durham’s Full Frame Film Festival and the Social Issue Award at the Silverdocs Film Festival. The film exposes the perverse nature of American healthcare, contrasting the powerful forces opposing change with the compelling stories of pioneering leaders and the patients they seek to help.
The feature-length documentary stresses the importance of changing healthcare in the public and private sectors to focus on prevention rather than costly disease-management to save lives and money. It also highlights the need to empower individuals and communities to promote health and wellness. “ESCAPE FIRE” features Dr. Don Berwick, former head of Medicare and Medicaid and founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute; and Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
Two of the most compelling subjects in the film are Dr. Erin Martin, a young primary care doctor struggling to help the “revolving door of patients” she is forced to see, and Sgt. Robert Yates, a young soldier who struggles to wean himself off a deadly cocktail of drugs prescribed for chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder. The film played in theaters across the country in the fall of 2012 and had its World Television Premiere on CNN March 10th, 2013.
“The goal of the film is to spark an honest and important dialogue about the future of healthcare,” said Heineman, the director.
For more information on the film visit escapefiremovie.com or facebook.com/escapefire.