Independent Lens: The Waiting Room
This immersive documentary film interweaves several stories that unfold in surprising ways in the ER waiting room at Oakland, California’s Highland Hospital — a facility stretched to the breaking point. The film is an intimate rendering of the story of the health care system at a moment of great change, told through the eyes of people stuck — sometimes for up to 14 hours — in the waiting room. It’s a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us. By Peter Nicks.