Making the Crooked Straight is a 30 minute documentary film about one man’s journey to save the world by saving one child at a time.
Born in Long Island, New York and educated at John Hopkins-Dr. Rick Hodes has dedi...展开cated his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia over the past 20 years. Many of his patients are stricken with tuberculosis of the spine, a disease that creates massive humps on the backs of its victims. Eventually they’re forced into permanent forward-bending posture, which in turn prevents their lungs from working properly, and if left untreated leads to death.
Driven by his devotion to Orthodox Judaism and its belief that “He who saves one life, saves an entire world’, Hodes provides these patients with hospital care - arranges for complex overseas surgeries - often paying for these out of his own pocket - and has, thus far, fostered seventeen children in order to provide them with not only proper medical care but a home and an education.
Often compared with Albert Schweitzer and Mother Teresa, Hodes believes the only way to change the world is to be the change.
“Making the Crooked Straight” explores this remarkable man’s work in Ethiopia, his highly original family life, and the spirituality that has guided his choices and sacrifices.
The film has screened in the following festivals throughout 2009 and early 2010:
Woods Hole Film Festival, 2009, Telluride, Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2009, The Boulder Adventure Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Los Angeles Jewish Flim Festival, San Diego Jewish Film Festival, New York Jewish Film Festival 2010, Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2010 (April 17-25)