WHITE COAT REBELS Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


World Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Greg Barker, producer Dr. Harriet Fraser and subject Neda Ashtari moderated by CQ Roll Call Health Care Editor Rebecca Adams.

“First, do no harm.” For generations, this oath has been taken by matriculating medical students donning their white coats for the first time. But what if those words were a lie? In this probing look inside the medical profession, filmmaker Greg Barker examines the corrupting influence of Big Pharma and the courageous “white coat rebels” fighting back against the status quo. These rebels include medical student Neda Ashtari who challenges UCLA’s cozy relationship with private drug companies; Dr. Michael Fine, Rhode Island’s former Health Director, who organizes adequate health care on behalf of marginalized communities; and Dr. Danielle Ofri of New York’s Bellevue Hospital who, during the height of the pandemic, senses the possibilities for change: “It’s our duty to speak about the inequalities.” Now, that’s an oath we can all get behind. –Ken Jacobson

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect with filmmakers and audience members, here.

Writer, director and producer Greg Barker is described by The New York Times as “a filmmaker of artistic and political consequence.” He has filmed in over 65 countries on projects such as Netflix’s SERGIO, HBO’s MANHUNT and the widely acclaimed PBS documentary GHOSTS OF RWANDA.

Hamida Rehimi
Participant Media


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Greg Barker

Producers: Diane Becker, Greg Barker, Christopher Buchanan, Dr. Harriet Fraser

Executive Producers: Jeff Skoll, Diane Weyermann

Director of Photography: Tom Bergmann

Editor: Todd Downing

Music: Pierre Charles

Running Time (minutes): 82

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available