Between the Earth and Sky, the enlightening and uplifting chronicle of first-generation African physicians, is about the birth of a nation--literally and figuratively.
The 20-minute doc that could easily hold an audience for three times its length was ripped from the headlines. In July 2011, South Sudan became the world's newest nation, thrusting itself upon the globe with the direst of circumstances after decades of political and military strife. Imagine a nation the approximate size of France without a single paved highway. Worse yet, imagine a nation of 10 million people facing the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Now, imagine that nation with only a handful of doctors.
Delicately crafted by writer-director Karen Day, Between the Earth and Sky opens at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday, March 15. Three days later, the film will screen at The Flicks in Boise. Each screening will be introduced by Dr. Thomas Burke.
Burke is a celebrity. But don't take our word for it. Ask anyone in South Sudan. It was Burke who inspired the nation's physician program.
"I found these students teaching themselves biochemistry by using sticks in the dirt," said Burke.
Shortly thereafter, Burke enlisted some of the best and brightest from Harvard Medical School to go to the impoverished nation. Less than one year later, 400 medical students were bringing mothers and newborns through healthy deliveries. What happened in between is the stuff of legend and a really good movie.
Between the Earth and Sky opens at the Sun Valley Film Festival on Thursday, March 15, at 5:30 p.m. The film will also screen at The Flicks on Sunday, March 18, at 5 p.m. Each screening will be introduced by Dr. Thomas Burke.