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Sunday, June 16
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Landmark E-Street Cinema

555 11th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

The Calling


Asako Gladsjo

Executive Producers

Tim Smith, Charles Tremayne, J.C. Mills, Wilma L. Davis, Sean B. Carroll, Doron Weber


Lawrence Jackman


Asad Faruqi

A group of diverse medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx learn what it takes to become doctors in one of America’s most underserved communities. Over the course of a year, the students share the humbling challenges they face, the crises of self-doubt and exhaustion, and moments of encouragement that inspire them to go on. Through their first encounters with patients, the students confront the flaws and inequity in the US healthcare system as they question and rediscover the motivations that made them strive to become doctors.

Courtesy of Cineflix Media and HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

Director, The Calling 

Asako Gladsjo is an award-winning documentary director, producer, and writer based in New York City. Her recent credits include the upcoming Eyes on the Prize III for HBO; Rise and Rebuild: A Tale of Three CitiesWhy We Hate for Discovery(Un)Well for Netflix; By Whatever Means Necessary, for Epix; the PBS special Black America Since MLK: And Still I RiseSoundtracks: Songs that Made History for CNN; and The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross, which won Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, and NAACP Image awards. She has directed and written documentaries on society, culture, race, and immigration for international broadcasters including Arte, BBC, and France Télévision. She teaches directing in the School of Visual Art’s MFA Program in Social Documentary.