One would think that only a purely humanitarian impulse could cause a Swedish surgeon to abandon middle-class life in Sweden and move to the small town of Aira in Ethiopia. But the reason why Dr. Erik Erichsen and his wife Sennait did just that was not just an urge to save others. There was also an urge to save himself from the social isolation of Scandinavian everyday life, and the bureaucracy that lay like a clumsy hand over his work at a Swedish hospital. The Rebel Surgeon tells the story of Erichsen's new life, replacing comfort and new technology with a new meaning – in his personal life as well as in the workplace.
The story of Dr. Erichsen was barely touched upon in Erik Gandini's previous film The Swedish Theory. . .
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