The young doc­tors of Doc-U-Men­tally

A year ago five young doc­tors fea­tured in the shock­ing doc­u­men­tary Doc-U-Men­tally on their 30-hour shift at a KZN hos­pi­tal. We find what they’re do­ing now

DRUM - - Contents - BY PI­ETER VAN ZYL

IT STUNNED view­ers with its graphic de­pic­tion of a back-break­ing 30hour shift for five young ju­nior doc­tors in ru­ral KwaZulu-Natal. The harsh en­vi­ron­ment, the crip­pling con­di­tions, the messy and chaotic pro­cesses all seen through the eyes of five men and women ded­i­cated to sav­ing lives. Given the crit­i­cal state of pub­lic health­care in SA, the film Doc-U-Men­tally was an eye-opener for any­one who hadn’t ex­pe­ri­enced the nuts and bolts of it first­hand.

And it was a hit, win­ning a Safta for best cin­e­matog­ra­phy and best South African doc­u­men­tary at the 2016 Jozi Film Fes­ti­val.

The doc­cie di­rected by Fran­cois Wahl, a char­tered ac­coun­tant who al­ways dreamt of mak­ing movies, was shot in Ng­welezana Hos­pi­tal in Em­pan­geni and pulled no punches, show­ing har­row­ing scenes as the doc­tors bat­tled their way through their gru­elling shift.

The film fea­tures Fran­cois’ brother, Dr Lourens Wahl, and four other young doc­tors, Wanele Ganya, Yenzi Ngema, Amy Salvesen and Saishrien Rasen.

A year af­ter the movie made waves in Mzansi, we catch up with the five doc­tors to see how their lives have changed since their com­pul­sory gov­ern­ment ser­vice.

Doc-U-Men­tally edi­tor Bryan Bar­tle with au­dio tech­ni­cian Ni­cole Meyer, cin­e­matog­ra­pher An­dre Meyer and di­rec­tor Fran­cois Wahl.

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