BJFF 2017: "A Heartbeat Away"

Date: March 11, 2017Time: 7:30 pm
Location:  Show map
The Boedecker Theater
2590 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 303.444.7328

Honoring the Boulder Medical Community
Dr. Bill Shiovitz

Why do Jews and medicine have such a long, illustrious history? Why have 28% of Nobel Prize winners in medicine been Jewish, although Jews comprise less than 0.2% of the world's population?

There are many factors commonly cited, ranging from the purely practical to the ideological. Practically, medicine was a way for Jews to gain acceptance, prestige and make a living. It’s one of the few professions that remained accessible to Jews when many other doors were closed. But, on an even deeper level, the Jewish people have always placed a special, immutable emphasis on the value of human life.

Join us as we express our pride in Boulder’s exceptional medical establishment, and honor Dr. Bill Shiovitz on behalf of his devoted patients and his life-long friends. Tonight we celebrate compassion, commitment, and Tikkun Olam – the literal repair of the world, one heart at a time.

Dr. Akiva Tamir holds life in his hands every day. Tiny hearts, in need of healing, flutter under his knife. But first he must choose who will be saved. There are thousands of children in Tanzania in desperate need of heart surgery and he is but one Israeli pediatric cardiologist giving up his life at home to work with desperate young patients under dismal conditions. The decisions he must make haunt him, as do the children’s smiles. But he does what a doctor in Tanzania must: Play God. He focuses on the lives he changes, the miracles he performs. Each child is precious, each life a gift. Sometimes in life – and certainly in this year’s films – we must venture far from home to gain a new perspective of life’s true value.

Saturday | March 11 | 7:30 pm
$18 in advance only  | NO tickets available at the door
in the Boe

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