The Only Doctor
Director: Matthew Hashiguchi Run Time: 85 min. Release Year: 2023
The Only Doctor tells a contemporary story of rural healthcare in the United States as it centers on Dr. Karen Kinsell, who for nearly 20 years has been the only doctor in a Southwest Georgia county.
The film begins when Dr. Kinsell comes to the realization that she can no longer afford to full-time volunteer as the only doctor in rural Clay County, Georgia. But ever committed to her community, she looks to forge a partnership with a medical university in order to keep her clinic open. After several options, a possibility emerges and so does disappointment. Then the pandemic creates new challenges, but also opportunities and new decisions.
Q&A to follow with Director Matthew Hashiguchi!
Matthew Hashiguchi is a documentary filmmaker whose prior feature-length documentary, GOOD LUCK SOUP, was broadcast on PBS World’s America ReFramed, received a 2016Documentary Fund Award from the Center for Asian American Media. He is an Associate Professor in Multimedia Film & Production at Georgia Southern University.