At no time in recent history has the vital role of nurses everywhere been so clear. To honour nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, Kino Lorber is offering a free streaming re-release of the acclaimed documentary, The America Nurse. The documentary highlights the lives of five American nurses from diverse specialties, bringing to the big screen a sincere look at the commitment, necessity, and compassion behind this profession that impacts us all.

The American Nurse is a heart-warming film that explores some of the biggest issues facing the world – aging, war, poverty, prisons – through the work and lives of nurses. It is an examination of real people that will change how we think about nurses and how we wrestle with the challenges of healing. The film is an important contribution to the world’s ongoing conversation about what it means to care, following the paths of five nurses in various practice specialties.

Jason Short as he drives up a rugged creek to reach a home-bound cancer patient in Appalachia.

Tonia Faust, who runs a prison hospice program where inmates serving life sentences care for their fellow inmates as they’re dying.

Naomi Cross (a labor and delivery nurse at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore) as she coaches an ovarian cancer survivor through the Caesarean delivery of her son.

Sister Stephen, a nun who runs a nursing home filled with goats, sheep, llamas and chickens, where the entire nursing staff comes together to sing for a dying resident.

Brian McMillion, an Army veteran and former medic, rehabilitating wounded soldiers returning from war.

Marking the six-year anniversary since it was released in U.S. theatres in May 2014, the film is now available to watch for free on streaming platform Kino Now from now until the end of May. The release is timed to coincide with National Nurses Week, and the World Health Organization (WHO) also designated 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.\

Every day we hear about nurses on the frontlines who are risking their own lives to care for others. Who are the people that choose to do this work?  What is their DNA?  This film follows 5 nurses to understand what compels them to walk toward a crisis instead of running from it.” – Carolyn Jones, Director

The film’s free release is made possible by Fresenius Kabi, which also supported the development of the film and related book, and whose purpose is to put lifesaving medicines and technologies in the hands of nurses and others who care for patients, and to find answers to the challenges they face.

The people of Fresenius Kabi stand shoulder to shoulder with the nation’s health care professionals to support their heroic and selfless actions on the front lines of caring for life,” said John Ducker, president and CEO of Fresenius Kabi in North America. “We are proud to support a film that shares with the public an honest look at the brave nurses who are helping our country through such a challenging time. Our hope is that this film also inspires many to consider a career in nursing.”

Nurses matter now more than ever. They are on the frontlines of our health care system every single today. At some point in our life each of us will encounter a nurse, whether it be as a patient or as a loved one,” said filmmaker/director Carolyn Jones. “And that one encounter can mean the difference between suffering and peace; between chaos and order. With nurses risking their lives today responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am so glad that we are able to make the film available to people in their homes for free.

Now more than ever we need to understand the work that these individuals are doing around the world during these troubling times.

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