The Italian Doctor| 27mins
Director: Esben Hansen | Producer: Esben Hansen & Andreas Dalsgaard
Focus Years: 2007 | Country: Denmark
The Italian doctor, Alberto Cairo, is a man with a unique mission: he wants to restore the dignity of every mine victim in Afghanistan. Seeing five different governments and surviving two civil wars, Alberto has been head of the Red Cross Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul for the past 15 years. Together with his staff of 150 disabled workers, he has helped more than 50,000 mine victims walk again, and he has fought a tough struggle to reintegrate them into the war-torn Afghan society. As two new patients, Mehdi and Fatima, arrive, Albertoâ€™s full attention is needed. Mehdi is an 8-year-old Hazara boy, who has lost both a leg and most of his family, and is now left alone with his toothless and absent-minded grandfather. Fatima is an old wrinkled grandma, who comes from the remote Bamiyan valley and seems to have lost all hope.