Triage: Dr James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma

Director: Patrick Reed
Running time: 88 ’ - Canada , 2007

Director’s Bio
A decade ago, Patrick Reed abandoned a PhD program in History to work on documentaries, first as a writer/researcher, then as a director. Reed has collaborated with Peter Raymont on several White Pine Pictures award-winning productions over the years, playing a key creative role on Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Romeo Dallaire which won the World Cinema Documentary Audience Award at Sundance 2006, and Best Documentary Emmy in 2007. Most recently, Reed directed the award-winning documentary Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma.

Contact Director
Patrick Reed
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2007 Triage: Dr. James Orbinski's Humanitarian Dilemma
2007 Tar Sands: The Selling of Alberta
2006 Tsepong: A Clinic Called Hope
2005 I, Nuligak: An Inuvialuit History of First Contact; Worlds Collide: Herschel Island
2004 Shake Hands with the Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire
2003Arctic Dreamer: The Lonely Quest of Vilhjalmur Stefansson


2007 - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS)
2008 - Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hong Kong, CHINA)
2008 - International Human Rights Film Festival (Paris, FRANCE) ( French Version)
2008 - It's All True / Documentary International Film Festival (Sao Paulo, BRAZIL)
2008 - CPH:DOX  International Documentary Film Festival (Copenhagen, DENMARK)
2008 – Oslo International Film Festival (Oslo, NORWAY)
2008 – The Australia Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA)

2008 - Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (Toronto)
2008 - DOXA Documentary Film and Video Festival (Vancouver)(Opening Night)
2008 - DocFest Stratford (Stratford)
2008 - Amnesty Film Festival (St. John’s)
2008 – BANFF International Telivision Festival
2008 –Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary)
2008 - Global Visions Film Festival (Edmonton) (Opening Night)
2008 – Atlantic Film Festival Canada (Halifax)
2008 – Vancuover Amnesty Film Festival (Vancouver)

2008 - Sundance Film Festival 2008 (Salt Lake City)
2008 - Cleveland International Film Festival (Cleveland)
2008 - South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW) (Austin)
2008 - AFI Documentary Festival / Silverdocs (Silver Spring)
2008 -United Nations Association Film Festival (Stanford)


Deborah Fletcher Award of Excellence in Filmmaking on International Development (CIDA)
The Gold Medal Audience Award, Vancouver Amnesty Festival 2008
Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Canadian Documentary, CIFF 2008
Nominee – Best Documentary, 2008 DGC Awards
Audience Top Ten, IDFA 2007
Audience Top Ten, Hot Docs 2008

Director: Patrick Reed  
Producer: Peter Raymont  
Director of Photography: John Westheuser  
Music: Mark Korven  

Editing: Michele Hozer


About the film
Dr. James Orbinski has personally witnessed a world gone mad as a doctor during the Rwandan genocide, the Somali famine and other catastrophes. In Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma, the past president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) takes the viewer on a heart-wrenching journey back to the land and people whose life-and-death struggle marked him forever.

World sales
Silva Basmajian
Executive Producer / NFB
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Director’s Statement

“I first met James in Rwanda in 2004. Peter Raymont and I were there making a film about the 1994 Rwandan genocide and General Romeo Dallaire’s return for the 10th anniversary commemoration.
“Like Dallaire, James had been based in Rwanda during the genocide, as Head of Mission for Médecins Sans Frontières; and like Dallaire, the experience of witnessing genocide while the outside world turned a blind eye understandably haunted him.