Bending the Arc

SHOWn: January 23rd


Epic, yet intimate, the film is a compelling argument for the power of collective and personal vision and will to turn the tide of history. A powerful documentary about the extraordinary team of doctors and activists — including Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl — whose work 30 years ago to save lives in a rural Haitian village grew into a global battle in the halls of power for the right to health for all.

Through remarkably candid interviews, stunning never-before-seen archival and onthe-ground footage shot amid a deadly epidemic, the audience is immersed in the struggle of these fiercely dedicated characters as they fight ancient diseases, scrape together funding while the lives of their friends are on the line, face scorn and hostility from the global health establishment, and suffer heartbreaking mistakes from their own lack of experience. Reaching far beyond the issue of healthcare, it’s a grander narrative about how the evolution of humanity takes place: how moral imagination, strategy, and sheer will can together change the trajectory of the world, bending the arc of the universe forever.

The Panel


Dr. Joia Mukherjee

is the chief medical officer of Partners In Health. She’s associate professor of medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and associate professor of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Mercedes Becerra

is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Tuberculosis Specialist with Partners In Health. Dr. Becerra's work focuses on the treatment and epidemiology of tuberculosis. She studies the burden of tuberculosis in the child and adult household contacts of patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis and strategies to improve contact investigation, case detection, and treatment in high-risk households. She is co-founder of the Sentinel Project on Pediatric Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis— a global network of investigators, clinicians, and advocates who share a vision of a world where no child dies from this curable and preventable disease. The Sentinel Project works to raise the visibility of this vulnerable population of children, and to share evidence and resources that can increase children’s access to prompt and effective treatment.


Todd McCormack

is a founding board member of Partners In Health and a senior corporate vice president at IMG Media, the largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming in the world. He previously served as CEO of TWI Interactive, an independently financed IMG company that managed IMG’s new media rights from 1999-2003. McCormack continues to spearhead IMG special projects and supports the company’s digital media business and also works independently with digital media businesses as an angel investor and advisor. He is a member of CommonAngels, a group that invests in innovative information technology companies, and an advisor to Livestream.