– The 2008 Deborah
Fletcher Award of Excellence in Filmmaking on International Development will
be awarded to a documentary film on the life and work of Canadian physician,
writer and humanitarian Dr. James Orbinski. The award ceremony and screening,
to be held this evening at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau,
are part of International Cooperation Days, a biennial conference organized
by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA President Margaret
Biggs will present the award on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda,
Minister of International Cooperation.
"I'm pleased that White Pine Pictures will be honoured
with the Deborah Fletcher Award for Excellence in Filmmaking on International
Development," said Minister Oda. "The
film is an impressive reflection of the outstanding work of Dr. Orbinski with
Médecins sans Frontières
in Somalia and Rwanda. His dedication to those suffering under the devastation
of famine and genocide recognizes his commitment to all humanity."
The documentary, Triage:
Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma
focuses on the life and work of Dr. Orbinski, who practiced medicine in some
of the world's bleakest places including Somalia during the 1992 famine and
Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.
Each year, CIDA's Deborah Fletcher Award recognizes an
outstanding international development film by a Canadian producer or filmmaker.
The award commemorates the contribution of Deborah Fletcher, a journalist
and filmmaker who fostered excellence in filmmaking and helped create an enduring
body of work that continues to have a profound impact on Canadians.
by Peter Raymont and the National Film Board of Canada and directed by Patrick
Reed. In the deeply resonant documentary, Dr. Orbinski revisits his past in
order to write a book about his experiences and tries to make sense of the
horror and heroism he has encountered. The Deborah Fletcher Award jury selected
ability to treat unsettling subject matter in a thought-provoking manner.
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Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)