“Everyone loves a good life…but a bad life demands patience.” These are the resilient words of a 31-year-old beggar Habib Mehsud who was struck by the polio virus when he was 9 years old and must now navigate the streets of Karachi without the use of his legs.
Tom Roberts’ documentary, “Every Last Child” reveals the devastating effects of polio–an illness that the majority of the world believes to have been eradicated. But, in Pakistan, every child faces the risk of the virus and the danger has become even more widespread since radical islamists have been attacking polio vaccinators.
The film, which will premiere at DOC NYC starting on November 14, follows five different subjects including a sick child, a polio expert who has cured the virus in other parts of the world and a vaccinator facing terror threats. The issue at the heart of the documentary is multifaceted and is not as simple as bringing western medicine to this part of the world. Roberts told the National “Every single vaccination program in the world has found a level of resistance. It is not a Jewish thing, it is not a Christian thing, it is not a Muslim thing. There is a cultural resistance to federal agents and interference.”
In the Exclusive clip below, Habib Mehsud’s daily struggle is documented as he reflects on how deeply polio has affected his life. We are then given the juxtaposing story of a polio victim and his father at the beginning of this devastating journey. As this heartbroken father begins to understand the gravity of his son’s disability, a doctor reminds him of the hope that education will provide for his son. Check out the clip and poster below: