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Remote Area Medical film debuts at the Tennessee Theater
Remote Area Medical film debuts at the Tennessee Theater

Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered at the Tennessee Theater to see the premiere of "Remote Area Medical" the movie.

The documentary takes moviegoers inside the operations of a clinic put on by the Knoxville based relief organization. RAM founder Stan Brock said he wanted to bring attention to the millions of Americans who lack healthcare in this country.

He said he's hopeful this documentary will shed more light on that issue.

"I think it captures the plight, and trials and tribulations that these people have to face."

The documentary highlights the importance of healthcare from a patient's perspective.

One of the documentary's directors said he got the idea from a family member who volunteered at a RAM clinic.

"And, she came back and said you guys are going to have to go and see what this is like," said co-director Jeff Reichert. "I think there could be a movie here."

Reichert and co-director Farihah Zaman were so moved by RAM's mission that even felt the need to volunteer themselves.

"Many people who are volunteering for RAM for the first time, doctors, or just regular people like us have this experience where they say, 'I had no idea this was the situation,'" she said.

RAM has been around for almost 30 years, helping people from the hills of Appalachia to the jungles of the Amazon.

Hundreds of people attended the documentary's premiere. Brock said he was honored that so many people came out to see the film.

At this point, there is no exact date as to when the documentary will open in theaters.

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