McGill Global Health Film Festival


McIntyre Medical Building Charles Palmer Amphitheatre, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, H3G 1Y6, CA

From January 23-25, McGill will be hosting its first ever Global Health Film Festival!

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In coordination with the Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, the Festival will screen a variety of films pertaining to Global Health. In addition, this event will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about health related groups on campus through tabling and special presentations.

Beginning at 5:30 PM in the 6th floor atrium of the McIntyre Medical Building, we will have tabling for global health related student groups and programs, the films will begin at 6:00 PM in the Charles Palmer Theatre. Listed below are the films, presentations & special guests for each evening. Click on the film titles for the official trailers and more information!

Schedule & Film Line-up: 

Date Films Presentations & Special Guests
January 23

6:05 PM: The Role of Visual Journalism in Global Health (7 minutes)

6:20 PM: The Life Equation (97 minutes) 

Bonus Feature, 8:35 PM: Erison and the Ebola Soccer Survivors (12 minutes)

5:30- 6:00 PM: Global health student groups fair, movie snacks, and exhibits in McIntyre 6th floor atrium

6:00- 6:20 PM: Presentation and Introduction given by the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting and Mr. Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

7:50- 8:35 PM: Q&A with Ann Peters, representative from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Mr. Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

January 24

6:00 PM: Fire in the Blood (87 minutes)

Bonus Feature, 8:30 PMBaseball in the Time of Cholera (27 minutes) 

5:30- 6:00 PM: Global health student groups fair, movie snacks and exhibits in McIntyre 6th floor atrium

7:30- 7:45 PM: Presentation from Vidya Krishnan on reporting done after the release of Fire in the Blood

7:45- 8:30 PM: Expert panel on access to medicines with Prof. Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, Ms. Chloe Hogg, Dr. Diane Singhroy and Ms. Vidya Krishnan moderated by Dr. Madhukar Pai

 January 25

6:10 PM: Bending the Arc (102 minutes)

Bonus Feature, 8:35- 9:15 PMFirst, Do No Harm (45 minutes)

5:30- 6:00 PM: Global health student groups fair, movies snacks and exhibits in McIntyre 6th floor atrium

6:00- 6:10 PM: Introduction given by Mr. Mark Brender, Director of Partners in Health Canada

7:50- 8:35 PM: Panel on careers in global health with Mr. Mark Brender, Dr. Theresa Gyorkos, Ms. Madlen Nash, Dr. Jose Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz, Dr. Julia von Oettingen and Dr. Madhukar Pai, moderated by Katherine Duncan

*the above times are approximate and subject to change

Meet our panelists!

Below are the experts who will participate in the panels scheduled above!

Rob Tinworth

January 23: introducing The Life Equation and participating in the Q&A on the filming and production following the movie

Rob Tinworth is a filmmaker with broad experience in independent film and broadcast television, including documentaries for Nova and Frontline. In 2012 he travelled through Sichuan documenting life in China’s leprosy villages. That film inspired 'The Life Equation', and he has been following this story for almost three years. Rob is a five-time Emmy nominee, winning in 2014 for "Nova: Manhunt Boston Bombers." Other awards include two Best Documentary honors at the Asian Television Awards, and two Cine Golden Eagles. His last feature documentary followed punk band Green Day’s foray into the world of musical theater. The award-winning "Broadway Idiot" premiered at SXSW 2013.

Chloe Hogg

January 24: Participating in the expert panel on access to medicines following the screening of Fire in the Blood

Chloe is a recent graduate of McGill University with a BA in Economics and International Development. She has been involved with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a global access to medicines organisation, since 2016 when she co-founded the University of Melbourne chapter. She has since become a member of the North American Coordinating Committee and is involved in writing submissions, attending policy meetings, drafting legislation, and planning access to medicines events in Canada. She is passionate about health economics and policy and hopes to work on public-private partnerships to improve access to medicines for all.

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe

January 24: Participating in the expert panel on access to medicines following the screening of Fire in the Blood

Rachel Kiddell-Monroe, a lawyer and an activist, specializes in humanitarian assistance, global health, governance and bioethics. She is currently a member of the MSF International Board of Directors.  Rachel was President of the Board of Directors of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines from 2007 to 2013 and now serves as UAEM’s Senior Policy Advisor.  She was recently appointed to the McGill University Health Centres Clinical Ethics Committee (adult).  After working on indigenous rights and East Timor independence with grassroots organisations in Indonesia from 1989 to 1992, Rachel joined Médecins sans Frontières. With MSF she headed emergency humanitarian missions in Djibouti, Democratic Republic of Congo (then Zaire) and Rwanda before, during and after the genocide. After becoming programme director of MSF Canada, she was appointed Regional Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for Latin America based in CostaRica from 1999-2003. Returning to Canada in 2003, she led the MSF Access Campaign in Canada until 2007.

Rachel has also lectured on international development at McGill University and consulted for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network on the Canadian Access to Medicines Regime ( and MSF (  Rachel has specialised her academic and professional career on global health and institutional governance. She completed her LL.M in Bioethics at McGill in 2013 and her thesis focused on a multicentric approach to global governance for health. Rachel has authored several peer-reviewed publications in this field and most recently a working paper on her proposal for multicentric global governance for health was published and presented at the international ISGlobal ( governance seminar in November 2013.

Vidya Krishnan

January 24: Participating in the expert panel on access to medicines following the screening of Fire in the Blood

Vidya Krishnan is the Health & Science Editor for The Hindu. Vidya is a New Delhi based journalist, with over 15 years of experience in covering public health in India. 

She completed her Masters degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in 2011. After returning to India, she consulted with the Indian Health Ministry’s think tank Public Health Foundation of India while writing for Mint.  In 2014, she authored India’s National Health Profile for the India office of the World Health Organization, SEARO.

For PHFI & WHO, her work was mainly to gather health intelligence, document India’s epidemiological changes in the past decade, map health financing and policy trends to help government decision making.

Previously, she covered public health for national dailies like The Indian Express and The Hindustan Times. She has also contributed to the British Medical Journal and Caravan Magazine.

Diane Singhroy

January 24: Participating in the expert panel on access to medicines following the screening of Fire in the Blood

Dr. Diane Singhroy is the Scientific and Technical Advisor at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI).

Prior to joining KEI Diane worked as a graduate student researcher in Dr. Mark Wainberg’s laboratory at the McGill AIDS centre studying drug resistant HIV and innate immune interactions. She also taught for a microbiology laboratory sciences and collaborative drug discovery course as a teaching assistance for McGill university.

Diane has worked on access to medicines issues for University Allied for Essential Medicine (UAEM) as a chair of the Trade group and member of the North American coordinating committee (cc). There she advocated on issues ranging from the TPP, the R&D Treaty and academic activism. In her final year at UAEM, she was a UAEM cc fellow and served on the global governance council.

Before starting her PhD at McGill Diane worked for the Office of Clinical trials at Health Canada as a screening officer.

Diane holds a BSc in Health sciences (concentration in biochemistry and molecular biology) from Carleton University, Ottawa, and a PhD in Immunovirology from McGill University, Montreal.

Mark Brender

January 25: participating in the panel on careers in global health, following the first screening of Bending the Arc at McGill

Mark Brender is National Director of Partners In Health Canada, a Toronto-based global health NGO relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. Starting from a one-room clinic in Haiti 30 years ago, Partners In Health now serves millions of patients each year across 10 countries, working to deliver high quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train service providers, advance research and advocate for global policy change. Mark opened the PIH Canada office in 2011 and is passionate about raising awareness and funds for this effort, and empowering Canadians to join the movement for social justice and global health equity. He previously held leadership positions with national and international charitable organizations. Prior to his career in the non-profit sector, he spent more than a decade as an award-winning hockey journalist, writing about those who practice a different kind of justice.

Theresa Gyorkos

January 25: participating in the panel on careers in global health, following the first screening of Bending the Arc at McGill

Dr. Gyorkos has been a researcher in global health and parasite disease epidemiology for over 25 years and has conducted population-based primary epidemiological field research both in Canada and abroad.  Her global health research activities include: 1. deworming control programs in high risk population subgroups (e.g. preschool-age children, school-age children and pregnant women); 2. interdisciplinary approaches to the prevention and control of endemic infectious and parasitic diseases; and  3.  the interrelationship between infection and (mal)nutrition in child populations and pregnant women. She has worked with WHO, PAHO and national governments in developing and promoting health policy focusing on reducing the burden of disease attributed to worm infections.  She has published over 140 scientific peer-reviewed papers.  She is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University, a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Parasitic Diseases, a member of the STH Advisory Committee and the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Parasite Epidemiology and Control. In June 2017 she organized an  international Advisory Group meeting at the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy on deworming in girls and women of reproductive age.

Madlen Nash

January 25: participating in the panel on careers in global health, following the first screening of Bending the Arc at McGill

Madlen Nash completed her Honours BSc in Microbiology and Immunology at McGill University and is now pursuing a Master’s in Epidemiology. Working at the McGill International TB Centre, Madlen has conducted field research in India and authored several publications on TB diagnostics and HIV viral load monitoring. She is also involved with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines working to improve the accessibility and affordability of medicines and diagnostics.

José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz

January 25: participating in the panel on careers in global health, following the first screening of Bending the Arc at McGill

José Ignacio Nazif-Muñoz is a Steinberg Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Health and Social Policy at McGill University. He received his PhD in Sociology and a Masters of Arts from McGill University. His doctoral thesis Inequity on the roads: the interplay of global forces and road safety policy diffusion and traffic fatalities and injuries was awarded the 2016 Arts Insight Dissertation Award for the best dissertation of 2015 in the Social Sciences at McGill. His research has been published in journals such as International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Injury Prevention and Traffic Injury Prevention, cited in United Nations’ resolutions (i.e. General Assembly A/68/368), public policy reports and peer-reviewed journals. He received the John D. States Award for the top student paper at the 58th Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine Conference in Munich Germany in 2014. He has worked as consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Inter-American Development Bank. His research expertise includes global health, globalization, road safety, road users’ vulnerable populations, policy diffusion, and policy evaluation.

Julia von Oettingen

January 25: participating in the panel on careers in global health, following the first screening of Bending the Arc at McGill

Julia von Oettingen is a pediatric endocrinologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, Assistant Professor at McGill University, and Junior Scientist at the McGill University Health Center Research Institute. Originally from Germany, she completed her MD-PhD at Leipzig University, her pediatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and her endocrine fellowship training at the Boston Children’s Hospital. She obtained her master’s in clinical and translational investigation from Harvard University. Her research focuses on phenotypes and social determinants of pediatric diabetes in non-Caucasian populations, and on pediatric endocrine care delivery in global health settings. She is a site adviser to the International Diabetes Federation’s Life for a Child program in Liberia and Haiti, technical adviser to Partners in Health in Haiti, executive committee member of Global Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and a member of the Pediatric Endocrine Society International Relations Council where she leads the Haiti subcommittee. 




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