The Rebel Surgeon

Direction: Erik Gandini
Production: Juan Pablo Libossart, Erik Gandini
Photography: Carl Nilsson
Edition: Stefan Sundlöf
Country: Sweden, Norway
Year: 2017
Duration: 52′
Language: English, Sweden
National Premiere


After serving 30 years in a Swedish hospital Dr Erichsen was fed up with all the bureaucracy and administration. He decided to move someplace where he could make a difference and do what he loves the most—to operate. In Ethiopia resources are extremely limited so he is forced to operate using what is at hand, like a cheap power drill from the local supermarket, hose clamps, bicycle spokes and fishing line instead of suture thread.


Friday 12 | 20:00 | La Filmoteca
Sunday 21 | 19:00 | Docs a la Plaça

Erik Gandini (Sweden, 1967) is a director, producer, and writer born in Bergamo. He has directed numerous films and documentaries highlighting: Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara? codirected with Tarik Saleh, Coral award winner in the Latin-American International New Film Festival in 2001; Surplus. Terrorized Into Being Consumers awarded in IDFA and Videocracy, award winning in TIFF, Sheffield, the Golden Graal and the Tempo Documentary Award in 2010. He is one of the founders of the Swedish company Atmo.

  • The Rebel Surgeon (2017)
  • The Swedish Theory of Love (2015)
  • Cosmopolitanism (2015)
  • Videocracy (2009)
  • Gitmo (2005)
  • Surplus. Terrorized Into Being Consumers (2003)
  • Sacrificio. Who Betrayed Che Guevara (2001)
  • Amerasians (1999)
  • BFM Bergamo Film Meeting
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