The Conflicted Samaritan
Director: Cyrus Sundar Singh
By suggesting there may be times when the injured should be left to die, Dr. Michel Landry ignites a profound debate about the world of humanitarian aid. For more than 15 years, Dr. Landry has witnessed devastating human suffering in countries ravaged by war and natural disaster. Throughout Bosnia, Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ethiopia, Mike fixed broken people and never once questioned his role in saving lives, until Haiti. In 2010 following the devastating earthquake, Mike reached his own breaking point in a situation he viewed as unfixable.
Folowing Haiti’s Devasting earthquake, foreign emergency teams performed rapid life-saving procedures – they played God – and then simply quit the scene leaving behind the world’s largest proportion of disabled people in a place with no infrastructure. Instead of dying gracefully, these heroic interventions condemned some patients to a living hell, and it is Mike who is exspected to help them. When he encounters so many suffering, tormented beyond repair, he asks, “What did we do? Where are the ethical, moral boundaries? Are there times when not helping is the right thing to do?”
Gemini Award-winning producer/director/writer and music composer, Cyrus, eloquently wears these many hats with joy.
Born and raised in Chennai, India and living in Toronto, Canada,Gemini Award winning producer/director/writer and music composer Cyrus Sundar Singh wears many hats. He has produced and developed numerous programs from the idea stage through to distribution in a variety of genres for various broadcasters including CTV, CBC, VisionTV, Smithsonian Channel, BlueAntMedia, Discovery Channel, MuchMusic and Bravo.His film productions have earned numerous awards and taken him around the world including to Haiti, Spain, Israel and India. Well known and respected in the industry, Cyrus has served on various boards and juries, including the Gemini Awards and the Toronto Arts Council.