||This powerful film follows Henry Marsh, one of London's foremost brain surgeons, as he openly confronts the dilemmas of the doctorpatient relationship on his latest humanitarian mission to the Ukraine. Driven by the need to help others, he has been going to Kiev for 15+ years to improve their medieval brain surgery methods. Patients see him as the great saviour from the West, desperate parents want him to save their child, and his Ukrainian colleague Igor Kurilets sees him as a guru and a benefactor.
For all the direct satisfaction he recieves, Henry also sees grossly misdiagnosed patients, children whom he can't save, and a lack of equipment and trained supporting staff. It is this dilemma of his troubled and compassionate humanity, that leads to the universal theme at the centre of the film: the struggle to do good things in a selfish and flawed world. Includes graphic scene of brain surgery. [subtitles, violence]