Astounding and moving - G. ALLEN JOHNSON, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
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Film Independent Spirit Awards NOMINEE:Best Documentary & Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, Gotham Independent Film Awards NOMINEE:Best Documentary, If I could choose one film to play in the White House screening room this year, it would be The Waiting Room - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
San Francisco Film Critics Circle: Winner Best Documentary 2012, CInema Eye Honors: Nominee Best Debut Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival: Golden Gate Award, Audience Award, Camden International Film Festival: 2012 Harrell Award Best Documentary Feature, Silverdocs Documentary Festival: Sterling US Feature Special Jury Mention, Ashland Independent Film Festival: 2012 Special Jury Mention, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival: Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, True/False Film Fest: Official Selection, Hot Docs: Official Selection

The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.

The ER waiting room serves as the grounding point for the film, capturing in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. Steel workers, taxi cab drivers and international asylum seekers crowd the halls. The film weaves the stories of several patients – as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them – as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s public health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.

The Waiting Room lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.