Saturday, May 4, 2013; 7 p.m.
Location: Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME
Contact: Melinda Rice; 207-288-4245
A special screening of “The Healthcare Movie” at the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor on Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. will be followed by an in-depth Q&A with the documentary’s producers. This event is open to all, and free; a lively discussion from all quarters is encouraged.
This documentary, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, traces the evolution of the U.S. and Canadian healthcare systems and how it came to be that the two ended up in such different places; at one point they were essentially the same. Most people under the age of 50, in both countries, are not aware of the intensity of the political struggle that led to the universal medical care system in Canada.
According to the movie’s producers, Canadian/American couple Laurie Simons and Terry Sterrenberg who will be at this screening, the film explores the personal and emotional impact on Canadians who now have access to universal health care, and the continuing struggle in the United States “between the fear of government intervention and the right to quality health care for all people.”
The Jesup library is pleased to offer this opportunity for community discussion on MDI. “The Jesup library is a neutral space where all people can meet to share ideas,” said the library’s director, Ruth Eveland. “We’re looking forward to an interesting exchange of ideas.”
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The film lasts about an hour, and the Q&A will follow.