Dr. Bethune: The Making of a Hero
Sunday, December 8, 3pm-5pm
Starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren
In this film Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune, 1890-1939, (Donald Sutherland) journeys 1500 miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route army in the Wu Tai mountains in Yenan where he built hospitals, provided care, and trained medics. While the film is about the life of Norman Bethune and includes his fight for socialized medicine in Canada and his work as a doctor in the Spanish Civil War, it is his work in China that is most moving.
This film, a joint venture between China, France and Canada, caused tremendous controversy when it was released and was all but banned in the U.S. The film is beautifully filmed and acted but is virtually unavailable in the U.S. It is not available on Netflix or Amazon so don't miss this special showing.