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Une goutte dans l'océan

Une goutte dans l'océan

| 48 min

Documentaire sur Claudette Picard, qui exerce la médecine dans les pays en guerre sous la bannière de Médecins Sans Frontières, et se retrouve au Liberia, dans une petite ville dévastée par la guerre civile qui a longtemps déchiré ce pays d'Afrique. À l'aide de quelques mots d'anglais, de sa présence réconfortante et de rares médicaments, elle réussit parfois l'impossible.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • direction
    Lise Éthier
  • research
    Lise Éthier
  • None
    Lise Éthier
    Joanne Carrière
  • participation
    Claudette Picard
  • picture
    Jorge Martinho
    François Vincelette
  • sound
    Serge Bouvier
    Diane Carrière
  • editing
    Hélène Girard
  • production assistant
    Ryofa Chung
  • sound editing
    Leopoldo Gutierrez
  • sound effects creation
    Lise Wedlock
  • original music
    Yves Chamberland
  • sound mixer
    Jean Paul Vialard
    Shelley Craig
  • music recording
    Studio M. Dusty
  • administration
    Colette Brodeur
    Denise DesLauriers
  • administration - assistance
    Dany Delpy
    Josée Trudel
    Marie-Christine Guité
    Brigitte Sénéchal
  • technical coordination
    Richard Cliche
    Jean-François Laprise
  • online editing
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • titles
    Service de postproduction image de l'ONF
  • translation
    Claude Dionne
  • producer's assistant
    Christiane Germain
    Johanne Bergeron
  • producer
    Yves Bisaillon


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Ages 11 to 18

Civics/Citizenship - Citizen Responsibilities
Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Diversity - Black Studies
Geography - Human Geography
History and Citizenship Education - Issues in Society Today
Social Studies - Development/Global Issues

Warnings: Trigger warning – sick/dying patients

Lesson Launcher/Inquiry Questions: This documentary follows Canadian doctor Claudette Picard as she works at health clinics run by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontieres in Liberia during a civil war. Students can benefit from discussion, debate, essay writing or preparing presentations after viewing this video. What are some of the challenges faced by the Doctors Without Borders team at work and personally? Communication issues were a problem in 2001; is that still the case today? The clinics in this documentary have very little in terms of equipment and testing. How does this compare to health care in Canada? What action can Canadians take to assist with health care in developing or war-torn countries? The doctors and filmmakers weigh the risk involved in working in parts of the world where conflict takes place. Are there other situations of risk for filmmakers? Is the work of Doctors Without Borders a drop in the ocean? 

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