OFFICIAL SELECTION - Hot Docs International Film Festival | BEST FEATURE - Newburyport Documentary Film FestivalRural Healthcare • Human Rights • Medical Care in America
Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 85 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director, Producer, Cinematographer & Editor: Matthew Hashiguchi | Producer: Anjanette Levert | Sound Mixing: Billy Wirasnik | Music Composition: Buck St. Thomas
Dr. Karen Kinsell is the only doctor in all of Clay County, Georgia, one of the poorest and unhealthiest rural regions in the state. Her clinic has served the most vulnerable in her community for over 22 years, but now faces bankruptcy. Despite not drawing a personal salary, Kinsell must now weigh retiring against serving her patients. When a Hail Mary offer arrives from a medical university, a fully equipped health center is proposed. But Kinsell makes affordability and access her personal red lines of the potential sale. An impending state election and the outbreak of COVID add more uncertainty, reminding Kinsell of how much is riding on the fine print. Straight-talking and downright inspirational, THE ONLY DOCTOR presents a modern David-versus-Goliath healthcare story that might just restore your faith in humanity.