International Documentary

Director: Geordie Day

Length: 47 minutes

BORN BLUE: THE GUYANA PROJECT is a character-driven documentary that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of a Guyanese public hospital to follow Debra Isaac and her team of doctors on their mission to save lives. Driven by the need to help others where she can, she organizes an innovative program to bring Canadian standards in heart surgery to Guyana, South America. Along the way, the team must overcome grossly misdiagnosed patients, children who can’t be saved, and a lack of equipment and trained supporting staff. Using a blend of cinema verité and interviews – the film offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, poverty and hard choices. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.