Stan Brock had an extraordinary life as a wildlife expert, actor, and philanthropist for decades. As a dedication to his life service, Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story retells the story of a former cowboy in South America to help millions in the United States and around the world with medical and dental care.
The film uses old footage from his days in South America to Hollywood discovery. Most importantly, through interviews with Remote Area Medical (RAM) staffers and medical recipients, they forged a look into a very humble man who dedicated his life to helping others.
Here is the official synopsis:
Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story follows the unlikely journey of a British-born Amazonian cowboy turned U.S. TV star who sacrifices everything for his life-changing mission to bring free healthcare to America. This inspirational documentary examines the shocking paradox of pop-up field hospitals in the world’s most affluent nation, whilst charting the rise of a volunteer-driven solution that bridges the healthcare coverage gap for millions of people.
A cowboy, television star, naturalist, bush pilot, and pioneering humanitarian—Stan Brock is a truly enigmatic individual. Seeking an escape from his humble beginnings in war-torn 1940s England, Stan left for South America as a teenager to work on the world’s biggest cattle ranch, located deep in the Amazon. A charismatic and down-to-earth figure, Brock was discovered by an American TV producer in the late 1960s, setting him on a path to fame as the anaconda-wrestling co-host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
However, Stan Brock’s true legacy resides with the creation of Remote Area Medical (RAM), a volunteer-driven non-profit that provides free medical, dental, and vision services to people in need. What started as a small charity flying medical aid to developing countries in the early 1990s is now one of the biggest free healthcare providers in the United States, having helped almost a million people to date through the efforts of over 196,000 volunteers and countless donors.
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In taking RAM to the next level, Stan had to reconsider who he really is and embark on a personal journey of growth and self-discovery, questioning what is truly meaningful. He devoted the rest of his life to the organization, taking a vow of poverty to ensure that every resource he had went towards supporting the mission, and slept on the floor of his office at RAM headquarters for more than 30 years. He also learned how to ask others for help, allowing himself to be vulnerable for the first time.
Stan Brock confronted the U.S. healthcare crisis head on and inspired a nationwide movement that changed hearts, minds, and legislation, whilst giving some of the most overlooked people in society a voice as well as access to the care they desperately need. This film is not only a moving tribute to someone who sacrificed so much to help so many, but a celebration of what the American people can achieve when they come together to help one another, and a timely testament to the unifying power of community activism.
LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Paul Michael Angell and Remote Area Medical (RAM) CEO Jeff Eastman about Stan Brock’s life, legacy and the filming of this documentary.
Medicine Man: The Stan Brock Story is in theaters tomorrow, November 14 through Fathom Events. For ticket information, visit https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Medicine-Man/.
Watch the exclusive interview with Paul Michael Angell and Jeff Eastman below. Let us know what you think of the interview.
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