In 1997, a film crew accompanied an Interplast volunteer surgical team to An Giang province in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. The filmmakers donated their services to document the team's experiences and produce A Story of Healing, which earned the 1997 Academy Award for best documentary short subject. The 28-minute film is followed by a short epilogue after the credits which follows-up on two patients 16 months after their surgeries.Ten years after its original release, A Story of Healing has been released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives license (by-nc-nd) and is available for free online.If you enjoy this film or feel compelled by Interplast's work, then please donate to us so we can continue and expand our work, or subscribe to our blog feed.
From its beginnings more than 40 years ago, Interplast (now ReSurge International) has been a pioneer in the field of reconstructive surgery—delivering an ever-expanding continuum of care to the poor in remote regions of the world. More than 85,000 free surgeries have been provided. Children and adults—and their families—have been profoundly changed by their contact with our organization. We restore the health and dreams of children and adults with deformities and injuries—while improving the lives of those around them. In addition, we empower local doctors to increase year-round access to medical care in underserved areas. By expanding access and restoring more and more lives through surgery, we help reduce global suffering and poverty, as more people are able to go to school and back to work.