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A left to the hospital

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Published on Jul 28, 2009

This short outlines the similarities between Washington St. in Hartford, CT, the street the hospital is located on, to the snack and diet aisle in Walgreens.
The short begins in a car waiting to turn left onto Washington St. The song that is playing is Busta Rhymes I love my chick. Chick or baby in the song can be interpreted as the hospital, the proper perception being that the hospital never lets you down and if you fall down the hospital is there to lift you up. The popular song sounds like a ballad, but with a closer listen one quickly realizes its misogynistic lyrics really praise the promiscuity of a mistress and the usefulness of her deviance to her mister, if you front she probally put her ass all in your face for me.
Driving down Washington St. what is shown first is a Dunkin Donuts sign, which is found adjacent to the hospital. The camera pans right from the DD sign to the hospital giving the perception that the hospital is on the right, while of course we know Dunkin Donuts is not, physically and in health terms. This play on what is healthy or unhealthy, left and right, wrong and right is prevalent in the film.
From the hospital we jump to Walgreens straight to the back of aisle 8, diet and dental. The front of aisle 8, snack and discount foods, is examined first presenting wonder bread, soda, jello, cup of soups, and other unhealthy foods either high in sugar or sodium. These images are juxtaposed with images of businesses on Washington St., which include McDonalds, a foodmart supermarket doubling as a gasoline station, two abandoned (crack) buildings, and a subway food place located in a gasoline stop. These establishments are found on the left as the camera drives down Washington St. I think the harmfulness of pumping your gas while eating a sandwich has never really been seriously scrutinized, especially when youre able to find such a business on the same block as a hospital; or even the effects of a gas powered grill on ones health.
The second half of this montage is the back of aisle 8, diet and dental, juxtaposed to scenes of a barbeque at the childrens hospital, and more shots of Washington St. At the barbeque gas tanks are pumped to burn meat that is then consumed. A police car is stopped in front of the camera signaling a left as an ambulance drives in that direction on a perpendicular street.
The motif of pubic servants joins the aisle and the street as the camera begins to examine the healthy sections of these locals, which we thought were on the right but now appear in the left. Not even the hospital employees can escape this ironic relationship between the condition of our food and the treatment of our ailments. At the barbeque a good humor ice cream machine adds satire to this montage.
Next the viewer sees a business banner with Para de Sufrir meaning stop suffering in Spanish. This store is located on Washington St across from Walgreens and on the left of McDonalds. It is apparent healthy products/business that cure pain and suffering are baited by the unhealthy ones. This is not only true of a health store like Walgreens but also of our greater civil structure.
This short is meant to take images that would be normal and jumble them up as to make the viewer rethink them.
Do hospitals and pharmacies really do the right thing?

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