DR. MED. BEAT RICHNER
Gachot Films, 2012
L' OMBRELLO DI BEATOCELLO
Rose in hand, He played piano on the zebra, A pretty Polish tune. The zebra danced. The act grew in fame, With offers round the globe But the zebra stayed true to itself And is still black and white. Beatocello, 1981 Mit der Rose in der Hand Spielte er auf dem Zebra Klavier Eine wunderbare polnische Melodie Und das Zebra tanzte dazu Die Nummer wurde weltberühmt Es trafen viele Angebote ein Auch das Farbfernsehen aus der ganzen Welt Zeigte sich interessiert Aber das Zebra blieb sich treu und ist bis heute schwarzweiss. Beatocello, 1981 In BEATOCELLO's UMBRELLA, award-winning director Georges Gachot tells the story of Beat Richner&emdash;pediatric M.D. author, illustrator and concert cellist; from his coming-of-age in Switzerland, to his street performances as a young medical student in the persona of the clown Beatocello; to his founding of five children's hospitals in today's Cambodia. Revered as a national hero, Richner's Herculean efforts have saved the lives of millions of Cambodia's children over the past 20 years, some who have grown up to serve as doctors in his state-of- the-art pediatric hospitals. Now at 64 , Richner continues to practice medicine and travel the world concertizing and singing about his protective red umbrella, which has come to symbolize the health and hope he brought to a grateful nation. Unlike many of his contemporaries who held utopian world views, Beat Richner is one of the few who worked to made his vision a reality. With the participation of King Norodom Sihamoni. "...heart-melting documentary." NEW YORK TIMES "Highly worthwhile study of an amazing Renaissance man who's truly making a difference in Southeast Asia." INTL FILM JOURNAL
Gachot Films, 2004
MONEY OR BLOOD
What type of medicine do poor countries deserve? In Cambodia, as in all the poor countries of the world, the WHO and UNICEF have for the past 25 years favoured a type of medicine based on "primary health care". For 11 years, the Swiss pediatrician Beat Richner, alias Beatocello, has been championing another vision of humanitarian medicine. The three hospitals he has set up in Cambodia meet European standards and today care for 80% of the country's sick children. 4.5 million children have already been treated there. The film "Money or Blood" shows the clash of two health systems built on conflicting philosophies. For the first time, a camera takes us inside the Cambodian public health service (supported by international organisations) and enables concrete comparisons to be made. Georges Gachot's film brings the impassioned debate between these two worlds into the open and casts new light on a situation which for too long has remained hidden from the public gaze.
Gachot Films, 2000
...AND THE BEAT GOES ON
In my first film about Dr. Beat Richner, Bach at the Pagoda, he was described by a colleague at Richner's Kantha Bopha hospitals as a veritable locomotive, a man who will leave you trailing behind. It is just as hard for a director to keep up with him. In November 1996, my camera team and I travelled to Cambodia to start shooting Bach at the Pagoda. Dr. Richner had opened his second hospital shortly before. When work began on producing the film three years later &endash; in November 1999 &endash; his third hospital was already standing. It had not been built in Phnom Penh but in Siemreap, close to one of Cambodia's most significant historical sites: the enchanting temple complex of Angkor. There could have been no more impressive setting for my latest film. The new hospital bears the name Jayavarman VII, after the king who, at the end of the 12th and beginning of the 13th century, built a series of Buddhist temples and 102 hospitals. Within just eight years, Dr. Beat Richner's children's hospitals have become a Cambodian institution. More than two million children have received out- and inpatient care, exerting a considerable influence on the future of the country. This new film lets the Cambodians have their say, most notably King Norodom Sihanouk. He honoured Richner's work with an invitation to his birthday party in Phnom Penh; and we were allowed to witness the event with cameraman Matthias Kälin and sound engineer Dieter Meyer. But the most memorable moment of the shooting came on our return to the first Kantha Bopha hospital &endash; three years after our last visit. Waiting patiently at the entrance were hundreds of families and their sick children. The children were like a wave, a nightmare that returns with tidal regularity. It suddenly occurred to me just how many sick children must have gone to the Kantha Bopha hospitals for help. And I felt compelled to ask myself what the last eight years would have been like had it not been for these hospitals and for Beat "Beatocello" Richner. ...And The Beat Goes On is a film about the unstoppable tide of sick children, and about a man who, against all the odds, has had incredible success in stemming it.
Gachot Films, 1996
BACH AT THE PAGODA
In the midst of the Cambodian countryside, not far from Phnom Penh's a pagoda, from which one can hear the sound of a cello playing music by J.S.Bach. The "culture shock" of hearing such eminently European music in such an unmistakably Asian setting is all the greater when it turns out that the performer is a Swiss pediatrician, Beat Richner, a man who has given up everything in order to care for Cambodia's sick children. Alone with his cello in this place of worship in the depths of Asia, Dr. Richner addresses an appeal to the entire world. Cambodia needs help. Since 1991 he has built two hospitals, and each day these are able to assist thousands of destitute children. This encounter with an unusual physician who uses his musical gifts to collect money for his own humanitarian projects, is also an opportunity for discovering the Cambodia of today, a nation that is once again trying to raise its head, with some difficulty.
Feature length films
Gachot Films, 2020
Video Message from Switzerland to the Kantha Bopha Hospitals Staff
The President Dr. iur. René Schwarzenbach and some members of the Swiss Kantha Bopha foundations board, send this video message from the University children’s hospital in Zurich, to the Staff of the Kantha Bopha Hospitals. Due to the Covid-restrictions, unfortunately, all planned visit to Cambodia this year had to be cancelled.
Gachot Films, 2020
A Matter Of Heart
Today, on the 73th birthday of the late Dr. Beat Richner, we are publishing, in exclusivity, a short film about the Interventional cardiology and cardiac surgery work at the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Siem Reap. Dr. Beat Richner was particularly very proud to have opened this section in 2012. Filmmaker Georges Gachot kept this moment on his camera.
Gachot Films, 2019
"After You Have Gone", Kantha Bopha without Dr. Beat Richner, with Prof. Dr. Yay Chantana
Prof. Dr. med. Yay Chantana is head physician of the hospital Jayavarman VII in Siem Reap of the Kantha Bopha foundation. Prof. Chantana studied medicine at the university in Phnom Penh and participated already as a student in 1992 at the reconstruction of Kantha Bopha 1, the first hospital of Dr. Beat Richner in Cambodia. He is working as a doctor since 1993 at the Kantha Bopha Hospital, first in Phnom Penh and moved to Siem Reap in 1999 when Dr. Beat Richner did open his third hospital near the temple of Angkor Wat. Prof. Chantana is in charge of staff of 1’248 employees (937 medical and 309 non medical). The Jayavarman VII hospital has 31 sections, 833 beds for children inpatients, a maternity with 153 beds, a surgery and a heart operation center.
Gachot FIlms, 2019
Adieu Dr. God
A short film by Georges Gachot Filmmaker Georges Gachot accompany Dr. Beat Richner on his last journey from Zurich to his Stupa in Siem Reap, Cambodia. An impressive film which shows the farewell of the ebullient and celebrated paediatrician in the country where he has built in 25 years, 5 children’s hospital and treated 12 million children.
Gachot Films, 2019
Last farewell ceremony for beloved Dr. Beat Richner
Zurich November 26, 2018 A short film by Georges Gachot Whole of Switzerland says goodbye to Dr. Beat Richner. The well-known and popular pediatrician "Beatocello" who died September 9, 2018 is painfully missed. The Grossmünster in Zurich is filled to capacity. A film with impressions from the funeral service.