The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma

| 1 h 28 min
Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma
Purchase options
Also available
Already paid to see this film?

In this vérité feature documentary, we travel with Dr. James Orbinski from Toronto where he is a father, doctor and teacher, back to Africa where he spent years as a field doctor, as he embarks on writing a personal and controversial book about his humanitarian experiences. Dr. Orbinski accepted the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) as their President, and was a field doctor during the Somali famine and the Rwandan genocide, among other catastrophes. In this film, and through his personal perspective, we look at the act of triage. Racing against time with limited resources, relief workers make split-second decisions: who gets treatment; who gets food; who lives; who dies. By the creative team behind the award-winning documentary Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire.

  • director
    Patrick Reed
  • producer
    Peter Raymont
    Silva Basmajian
  • editor
    Michèle Hozer
  • photography
    John Westheuser
  • sound recording
    Ao Loo
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian
  • music
    Mark Korven
  • production supervisor
    Janice Dawe
  • production manager
    Norma Mendoza
  • production coordinator
    Nida Marji
    Laura Blaney
    Michelle Latimer
    Julia Bennett
    Anita Corsini
    Brenda Darling
    Anousheh Showleh
    Michale Raske
    Lee Walker
  • researcher
    Michelle Latimer
  • additional photography
    Walter Corbett
  • additional sound recording
    Peter Sawade
    Ian Challis
  • fixer
    Moise Gatambi
    Solange Nyamulisa
    Wills Samati
  • interpreter
    Moise Gatambi
    Solange Nyamulisa
    Wills Samati
  • translator
    Jean-Thierry Nkulikiyumukiza
    Hareda Bolis
  • assistant editor
    Philip Wilson
  • graphics
    Philip Wilson
  • sound supervisor
    Russell Walker
  • sound editor
    Jakob Thiesen
    Steve Payne
  • re-recording mixer
    Ian Rodness
    Steve Payne
  • post-production supervisor
    Paula Talesnik
  • stills photographer
    Steve Simon
  • production accountant
    Candis Buder
  • online editor
    Michèle Hozer
  • archival research
    Patrick Reed
  • legal affairs
    Martyn Krys
  • business affairs
    Del Mehes
    Nida Marji
  • additional music
    The Mighty Popo
  • post-production facility
    Kitchen Sync Digital Audio
    The Cutting Factory



Pedagogical evaluations and study guides for this work are only available to CAMPUS subscribers.


Features designed specifically for teachers. Learn more

Already subscribed? Sign in

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset