Triage: Dr James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma

Triage is the ultimate humanitarian nightmare. Racing against time with limited resources, relief workers make split-second decisions about who gets treatment?

TriagePoster_webWho gets food? Who lives? Who dies?  This impossible dilemma haunts Dr. James Orbinski, recipient of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize as President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Now, leaving his young family behind in Toronto, Canada, Orbinski returns to Africa to revisit his past and engage with his present. He hopes that here, in places where he witnessed humanity literally torn apart, he can rediscover the true heart of humanitarianism.

In Triage, Orbinski travels to war-torn Somalia, the first place he was posted with MSF in 1992, then to Rwanda, where he was MSF Head of Mission during the 1994 genocide and then finally to Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, where it seems humanitarian dreams go to die.

Filmed in an intense verité style by the creative team behind the award-winning documentaryShake Hands With the DevilTriage showcases Dr. James Orbinski—a father, a doctor, a humanitarian—who has saved lives and lost lives, and has personally witnessed a world gone astray. In Triage, he searches for a new path and invites the viewer to follow.