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Helping war-torn countries

On 15th February the film ‘Access to the Danger Zone’ will be shown at the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh.

Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, the film provides a harrowing look at the difficulties faced by humanitarian organisations.

It also shows the dangers that volunteers and medical staff must overcome in order to provide help in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

Interviews with experts from Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations provide the backdrop to dramatic scenes in Afghanistan, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The images and accounts were filmed by Peter Casaer between 2011 and 2012.

For 70 minutes, ‘Access to the Danger Zone’ examines the strategies taken by Medecins Sans Frontieres to deliver successfully humanitarian aid to war victims.

After the screening, those attending will have the opportunity to question Marc Dubois, Executive Director of MSF, about the problems encountered by health workers and the basic needs of those affected.

Marc Dubois

Marc Dubois will be accompanied by aid workers recently returned from MSF projects abroad.

In this way, attendees will be offered both a wide-ranging and close-up look at the consequences of war.

The debate will be chaired by David Pratt, foreign correspondent to the Herald Scotland.

The film will be shown on 15 February at 6pm, at the Filmhouse cinema in Edinburgh (88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ).

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