Thursday, December 11, 2008

Being sick and poor in rural India

Abhijit Banerjee, Professor of Economics at MIT and Director of the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), has put online an excellent documentary that he made while studying health issues in rural India. The documentary, The Name of the Disease, gives a very raw and honest look at what it is like to be poor and sick in rural India.
The documentary "The Name of the Disease" explores the voices of patients, shamans, doctors, and varied health officials in some of the poorest parts of rural Rajasthan, India, to attempt an understanding of the complex and multi-layered narratives of the poor and the sick. The film looks at some of the often conflicting perspectives, and it addresses the questions of daily tragedy and fatalism, tradition and modernity and complacency and rage, as it traces stories that people tell about their lives [...]
This is on YouTube and comes in six parts. I'm putting part 1 below, but you can link to the rest:



(part 1) (part 2), (part 3) (part 4) (part 5) (part 6)

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