The English Surgeon is one of the most endearing documentaries of
late that follows British brain surgeon Henry Marsh on his journey
to improve the medical conditions of Eastern Europe.
Appalled by the conditions in a KGB hospital in Kiev, he vowed to
give the people of this country a chance to survive from their
tumors and through hard work, Marsh managed to collect a variety of
discarded and second-hand medical equipment.
Director Geoffrey Smith takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride as
Marsh once again visits the Ukraine as he attempts to help the grief
stricken and to compound the situation, he is still haunted by an
operation he performed that went wrong for a young girl.
Marsh also assists the local surgeons with his "Western" techniques
as Igor Kurilets become his student as he attempts to transfer his
knowledge which is quite a powerful moment in the documentary.
The documentary is quite dramatic at times, however it also gives a
human face to these brave men and women and how one man fights
almost unbeatable odds to give others a second chance of life.
Match that with the amazing musical score by Nick Cave and Warren
Ellis and it's very difficult not to become emotional from this
extraordinary man and the unfortunately predicament of others.
Presented in high definition, director Geoffrey Smith really uses
the colours of Kiev to assist in the story telling which gives an
almost ethereal feel to the documentary.
At the end of the day, this is one documentary that everyone should
watch as it will definitely inspire. Highly Recommended!