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THE WAITING ROOM (Q & A with director Pete Nicks following the screening)
The New Parkway Theater
Oakland, CA
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THE WAITING ROOM (Q & A with director Pete Nicks following the screening)
Saturday, March 23 @ 3:10pm
Q & A with director Pete Nicks following the screening

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film  using a blend of cinema verité and characters' voiceover  offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

The ER waiting room serves as the grounding point for the film, capturing in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers and international asylum seekers crowd the halls. The film weaves the stories of several patients  as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them  as they cope with the complexity of the nation's public health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.

The Waiting Room lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.

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The New Parkway Theater (View)
474 24th St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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