THE FINAL INCH
HBO Documentary Films /Vermilion Pictures / Google
• Nominated, Academy Award for Best Short Documentary
• Nominated, Emmy Award for Best Research in News & Documentary
• Nominated, Emmy Award for Best Documentary Film
• Winner, IDA Pare Lorentz Award
Nearly 50 years after a vaccine for Polio was developed in the United States, the Polio virus still finds refuge in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. Into India’s impoverished neighborhoods, THE FINAL INCH follows the massive – and yet highly personalized - mission to eradicate Polio from the planet. One of history’s most feared diseases, now largely forgotten; Polio has become a disease of the world’s poor.
A quiet army goes door-to-door, and slum to slum, to reach the last unvaccinated children. In all, The Final Inch explores how the final days of any endeavor are always the most challenging and is a profound testament to those working on the front lines of public health in the backwaters of our world.
Recalling the painful legacy of Polio in America are older survivors in a wheelchair and an Iron Lung. Everyone’s stories challenge our most basic assumptions about disease, poverty and our own health as a human right.