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(93 minutes) Cuba/USA
Director: Connie Field
Producers: Connie Field, Gail Reed

A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls 'one of the world's besthealth systems.' From the shores of Africa to the Americas, Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba--now numbering 30,000, including nearly a hundred from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health--and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone's birth right.

Producer/Director Connie Field is the founder and president of Clarity Films. Her most recent endeavor Have You Heard From Johannesburg? (2006), a documentary series on the global effort to end Apartheid in South Africa, was awarded Best Documentary Feature by the National Film Board of Canada. She was a director on Forever Activists (1990, Academy Award Nominee), and her film Freedom on My Mind (1994), a history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi, was nominated for an Academy Award and earned several other honors, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. She produced, directed and edited the feature documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1981) which earned fifteen awards for Best Documentary including Cine Golden Eagle and British Academy Award Nominee.

Gail Reed, MS, is a journalist who serves as International Director of Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC), an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that develops programs bridging the U.S., Cuban and global medical, nursing and public health communities. She is Executive Editor of MEDICC Review, a quarterly journal on Cuban medicine and public health. Ms. Reed has written on social and economic issues in Cuba for the last two decades.

Contact information:
Rasheedah Ali
1902 Clairmont Road, Suite 250
Decatur, GA 30033
E-mail: rali@mediccatlanta.org
We site: www.saludthefilm.net
©2007 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
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