Law and Conversation

November 22, 2010

Listen To This: A Zimbabwean Doctor in Newfoundland

Filed under: Documentaries,interviews,nonfiction,storytelling — Helen Gunnarsson @ 9:56 am
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This blog is about storytelling.  Mondays I’ve been posting with a Read This! theme, recommending stories that I’ve enjoyed so much that I want everyone in the world to read them. 

Stories come in more media than just books, of course.  Today I’m urging storylovers to Listen to This:  a documentary from the CBC on Dr. Mohamed Iqbal Ravalia, born to a Muslim, East Indian family in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), who’s been practicing medicine in Twillingate, a town of around 2500 on a rocky island off the northern coast of Newfoundland, for a quarter of a century.

According to the documentary, many rural communities in Canada, like those in the US, find it difficult to attract and keep practicing physicians.  Dr. Ravalia, though, came to like the unglamorous, overcast life in Twillingate.  He made friends, married and raised a family, and stayed.  The documentary even includes a portion taped at one of his son’s school hockey games.

Documentary producer and narrator Heather Barrett has helped Dr. Ravalia tell his own fascinating story.  Have you heard any documentaries with stories that you’ve particularly enjoyed?

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