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Experts comment on the film:

Colm O’Grady, Director, Clowns Without Borders Ireland 
Just saw the movie “Send in the Clowns” at a special cinema showing in the heart of the Eurocratic capital with an audience of NGO people. Tears streamed down my face. I wasn’t the only one. A huge applause rang out at the end. It is a great angle to take on the NGO subject. Sam Lee, the director was there, and there was a really positive discussion after the film about NGOs and their waste of money and resources. Sam is courageous to take on such a theme before an audience of NGO people, showing them a mirror of themselves. But people agreed with her point. At the end, Sam expressed that among NGOs, Clowns Without Borders leave the smallest footprint for the work we do, and we have a generosity that is seldom seen in the NGO world. I believe that it comes down to our passion. (Summer 2015)

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David A. Feingold, Ph.D., Director, Ophidian Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand
A beautiful, entertaining and very smart film, directed by Sam Lee (who has edited a number of my films). In addition to an intimate look at what must be the most unusual and unlikely international NGO, the film provides a truly insightful critique of international emergency interventions. (Spring 2015)

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Julie Colombino, Founder Rebuild Globally
As someone who has had the privilege to live and work in post earthquake Haiti for 5 years, I was relieved at the honest approach “Send in the Clownshas taken to educate its viewers on the real experience of both Haitians and relief workers. The film opens doors for an honest dialog about the relief efforts in Haiti, and is truly a tool for educational purposes. “Send in the Clowns” is one of the best films I have seen that explains the dilemma of charitable aid and the human spirit. (Spring 2015)

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Catherine Panter-Brick, Professor of Anthropology, Health & Global Affairs, and Director, Program of Conflict, Resilience, & Health at Yale University
This film presents a moving account of humanitarian actors in the field, namely how humanitarian work is fraught with ethical issues.  It will be compelling to students learning about the moral and ethical dilemmas of humanitarian assistance. (Spring 2015)

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DavidA. Feingold, Ph.D., International Coordinator for HIV/AIDS and Trafficking Projects, Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture, UNESCO, Bangkok (Ret.), Director, Ophidian Research Institute and Visiting Professor, American University of Paris
“Send in the Clowns” is less a story of corruption and ill-will than of structural failures with implications far beyond the Haitian case. The film is beautifully shot and constructed, able to hold the attention of undergraduates, grad students, and jaded development professionals alike. It is suitable for use in undergraduate and graduate courses on international development,  international organizations, policy planning, cultural studies and anthropology, as well as courses on the Caribbean.  It could also be useful in courses on international public health and a valuable training tool for UN agencies and NGOs. (Spring 2015)

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Dr. Alastair Ager, Professor of Population & Family Health at Columbia University Medical Center
I was delighted at the opportunity to share the film “Send in the Clowns” with the graduate student community at Columbia University Medical Center. It reinforced in a powerful way key messages regarding the complexity of international humanitarian engagement, and the need for evidence, advocacy and dialogue to assist in negotiating this complexity. It is of wide relevance to those engaged in study in the field of global health, humanitarian assistance and international studies. (Spring 2015)

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David Rosenthal Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Science and Clinical Associate Professor
, Center for Family and Community Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center
“Send in the Clowns” provides valuable insight into the world of humanitarian aid and the ongoing disaster in Haiti. I believe this film should be required watching for anyone in public health, particularly those who have interests in working with or developing national and international non-profit organizations. Students in all of the public health areas, including health policy, management and socio-medical sciences, would also benefit from seeing this vivid example of how laughter and support can make a difference to those in great need. (Spring 2015)

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March 16, 2015 — Living, Loving and Laughing in Haiti: “Send in the Clowns” Screening at the Socially Relevant Film Festival, By Tadia Toussaint, Haitian Times

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September 2014 — Screening of “Send in the Clowns” at the Global Peace Film Festival 2014 in Orlando, Florida

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June 20, 2014 — Buzzfeed features Clowns Without Borders work on World Refugee Day

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November 2012 — Hear Director Sam Lee interviewed by the BBC’s Dan Damon SAM BBC

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December 6, 2012 — Read Director Sam Lee’s essay in the Huffington Post
“Growing up and into adulthood I looked at charity organizations in awe and regarded their altruism as a true antidote to so much greed in the world, but in the last few years something has shifted in my head. It is a combination of delving more into aid activity, reading articles and books and having an experience of my own in making a documentary film that has changed my outlook radically…”