Docteur JACK - Le film
I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT MY WORK COULD BE OF INTEREST, BUT YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME MAKING A FILM ABOUT ME …
Through his determination to treat people and his unfailing obstinacy, Jack Preger has been a pioneer in helping to lay the groundwork for street medicine throughout the world. Despite his notoriety, he is still very reluctant to talk about himself, of “his modest person” who he qualifies as “insignificant”.
He has avoided the media throughout his life and isn’t too keen on journalists. Nevertheless, as a token of his long friendship with Benoît Lange, the doctor has agreed to share his life story.
As a token of friendship
The film has a linking theme throughout: the director’s search for Jack’s intimate path. It is his personal view, a reflection, a point of view in the heart of this documentary, which explains why this little orthodox Jew from Manchester has become a secular saint in Bengal.
He searches for the invisible thread which follows Jack’s life and ties the two ends of the path, trying to answer the central question of this film:
The linking theme
"My wish is to listen, to observe, trying to seek the mystery of the man. Where does this mental and spiritual strength come from? Which are the keys to the complexity of this person who, let’s say, fascinate me. How does one become a Don Quixote of modern times at the age of 83? What brings an ordinary farmer to embrace such an exceptional destiny?"
Benoît Lange - Director