Film: Access to the Danger Zone (NC16) Director: Peter Casaer Year: 2012
In all armed conflicts, it is the civilians that suffer most – gunshot, bomb blasts, burns, rapes and other kinds of violence. With most infrastructure demolished, including clinics and hospitals, the sick and wounded have no access to any medical care. At the same time, conflict zones may sometimes put aid workers under threat as the target of the violence.
This documentary gives an insight into that dilemma, as it provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts. You will see how Médecins Sans Frontières works in Afghanistan, Somalia and Democratic Republic of Congo, where armed conflicts have been ongoing for years. Through interviews with patients and with the main humanitarian players, it also looks at the confusion of roles with military and political actors and the compromises taken to gain access to the war zones.