Cuba’s Latin American Medical School is the largest medical school in the world, training nearly 30,000 doctors since 1999. ELAM as it is known in Spanish (Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina) also trains doctors from the United States.* Follow the amazing adventure of American doctors trained in Cuba as they return home to the US to serve communities struggling with a health crisis in this inspirational film.
*ELAM is “fully accredited by the Medical Board of California, which has the strictest US standards—which means that qualified US graduates of the Latin American School of Medicine are eligible to apply for residency placements in any state of the US … The ELAM offer to US students [is] classified as a ‘cultural exchange’ program by the US State Department to avoid the restrictions of the U.S. embargo against Cuba … In 2004, the legality of the presence of US students at ELAM was threatened by tightened restrictions against travel to Cuba by US nationals under the administration of George W. Bush. A Congressional Black Caucus campaign led by Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) with 27 other members of Congress persuaded Secretary of State Colin Powell to exempt ELAM from the tightened restrictions … Applications from US citizens [were] administered through the NYC-based IFCO.”
The film’s director will be appearing in person at this screening.