Blogging from a Bus

IMGP6165I'm still amazed when I get on a bus and find a working WiFi connection speeding down the highway with me. I'm currently on a bus heading through the Latvian countryside with Queen's "We Will Rock You" serving as the soundtrack of my trip to a conference in Estonia. I'm enjoying the familiar feeling of sore shoulders that comes from hauling a heavy backpack around the crusty airports and bus stations of the world. Lately I've been buried in a project for Columbia University profiling the lives of MSIH living in Beer Sheva. The first installment in the four-part series has been published with three more to be released over the next few weeks.

I've felt extremely lucky to follow four students around documenting their studies, social activities and their reflections on the joys and struggles of studying medicine in Israel. The challenge of telling a story that is so close to my heart is made infinitely more interesting by being able to observe first-hand the daily experiences of close friends. It's really given me an insight into the challenge they've taken on not only by tackling medical school but doing so in an environment that challenges them to take on a new language, a new culture and the enigma of Global Health. I have a great deal of respect for these students and I feel privileged to tell their stories. I'll take the opportunity in subsequent video releases to explore some of the technical challenges of this kind of work, but for now I want to say that I've gained a greater respect for the documentary film-making genre in general. I spent a year living with these people and I still find it challenging to paint a picture of such a multifaceted experience in a way that will connect meaningfully with prospective students around the world. It's a challenge I'm thoroughly enjoying, however, and I'm glad to be a part of it.