Stretched to the breaking point, Highland is the primary care facility for 250,000 patients of nearly every nationality, race, and religion, with 250 patients — most of them uninsured — crowding its emergency room every day. Using a blend of cinema verité and characters’ voiceover, the film offers a raw, intimate, and often uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers cope with disease, bureaucracy, frustration, hope and hard choices during one typically hectic day.
Also airing with The Waiting Room is an excerpt from Let Me Down Easy. Noted playwright and performer Anna Deavere Smith reenacts stories told to her by an eclectic group of people about the frailty of the human body, ranging from coping with an uncertain future in today’s medical establishment to confronting end of life transition.
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