Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Open Hearts

Year: 2020
Language: English
Run Time: 59 minutes

Open Hearts
Open Hearts
Open Hearts
Open Hearts

In the developing country of Haiti, Dr. Jeff Kempf of Akron Children's Hospital and a team of international doctors revolutionized pediatric cardiac care at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital with the support of charitable partners focused on sustainability and empowerment. Nearly 10% of Haitian children die of largely treatable illnesses before their fifth birthday. With one-third of Haiti’s population under 14 years old, pediatric health improvements are imperative for Haiti's economic, social, and political development. Dr. Kempf guides audiences through a medical mission in Haiti, conducting twelve life-saving heart surgeries while simultaneously training and supporting St. Damien's development of a self-run program. By assisting St. Damien with the necessary resources, the doctors make it possible for the faculty to become the first Haitian hospital capable of offering pediatric cardiac surgeries. OPEN HEARTS reveals how communities can be empowered to self-sufficiency through charitable collaborations that address inequity's root causes. This documentary challenges the conventional concept of charity and illustrates what's possible when humanitarian organizations focus less on dispersing aid and more on strategies that foster independence. – R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

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