AUG. 30: “The Ward” to air on CBC Alberta
Rosie Dransfeld’s newest production The Ward gives us access to an area that’s normally off-limits; it looks behind the scenes at the state of the overcrowding and transplant crises in our hospitals.
The hour-long documentary, produced in association with the CBC, profiles the day-to-day experiences of several patients at the Renal Institute in Edmonton’s university hospital. Despite its status as one of the world’s most renowned centers for organ transplantation, the hospital has had to extend its kidney units to other wards to meet the upsurge in demand for life-extending dialysis.
Dransfeld’s body of work is comprised of over 300 short films and documentaries that profile the human condition. In 2010, her production Broke won the Donald Brittain Gemini Award for best social-political documentary. Other recent work includes Broke’s sequel, Anti-social Limited, which profiles an ex-con trying to find his way in the world, and Who Cares?, which looks at an RCMP initiative to protect survival sex workers. Read more about Who Cares? from POV here and here.