A Hospital in the Pines

A Hospital in the Pines (Full Movie)

Despite the rising standard of living in urban areas the Philippines, many people still cannot afford basic health care, and the need for humanitarian aid remains. Greater Outreach Medical and Educational Destinations (GO MED), a Canadian non-profit organization, has helped fill this need by providing free surgical care to indigent patients in Baguio during an annual two week period over the past six years.

This documentary follows volunteer nurses and physicians from Canada and the US as they struggle with cultural differences, language barriers, and suboptimal working conditions in an aging hospital as they both care for patients and teach local nursing students and surgical residents. The advanced state of disease they encounter in these patients occasionally thwarts their best efforts, and they reach the limit of what is possible to cure with surgical intervention.

For the volunteers of Filipino heritage, this journey is a return to their roots, driven by their personal experiences with poverty and desire to share the good fortune they now enjoy in the United States and Canada. First-time mission volunteers are overwhelmed by the gratitude expressed by their Filipino patients, something sadly lacking in their regular jobs in North America.

RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2014

SCREENINGS/AWARDS

Documentary and Short International Movie Awards
Jakarta
Indonesia
November 15, 2014
Gold Award

Equality International Film Festival
Sacramento, CA
December 9, 2014
Official Selection

IndieFEST Film Awards
La Jolla, CA
February 16, 2015
Award of Merit

Depth of Field International Film Festival
Nassau, DE
March 30, 2015
Kudos Endeavor

Los Angeles CineFest
Los Angeles, CA
March 31, 2015
Official Selection

Montreal Cinefest 2016
Montreal
Canada
July 5, 2015
Official Selection

World Humanitarian Awards
September 30, 2015
Gold Award

Oregon International Film Awards
November 7, 2015
Platinum Award

Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards
Los Angeles, CA
December 24, 2016
Award of Recognition

International Independent Film Awards – Winter Session
Encino, CA
January 10, 2017
Platinum Winner

​Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival
Jerome, AZ
September 7, 2017
Official Selection