Emergency NYC is a documentary series created by Adi Barash and Ruthie Shatz about emergency services in New York City.
New York, a city with almost nine million inhabitants and nine million possible emergencies every day. Emergencies: New York takes us into the daily life of its health workers, from doctors to nurses, ambulance drivers, and even helicopter pilots to beat the infernal traffic of Manhattan.
A documentary that, despite its fast-paced subject matter, manages to take itself calmly, explaining how the system works from within and how these men and women manage to help every day in the most urgent cases.
A documentary that seeks its essence of divulgation: putting Dziga Vertov’s “cinema eye” in New York City a century later and looking more for the story and getting closer to the men and women who achieve these miracles every day. It wants to more than just highlight the controversy and instead offers us a very interesting journey that traverses eight episodes through a Big Apple full of intimate human stories.
It is a very good documentary in terms of production and editing.
It knows what its objective is and – like the health workers – knows perfectly well how to do its job without becoming a tear-fest.
A job well done.
March 29, 2023
Where to Watch Emergency NYC
You’re Not Alone
Medical staff rush to treat a teenage gunshot victim while Dr. Prince comforts the family. Dr. Langer removes a clot from an opera singer’s brain.
Ready or Not
Nurse Darby’s experience as a father helps him calm the parents of a NICU infant. A cop gets a donor kidney. Nurse MacKenzie has a baby shower.
Multiple teams race against time to get a new liver for a woman in a hepatic coma. A pregnant EMT worries about a young patient she took to the ER.
Walking to America
Dr. Langer tempers the expectations of a patient who may lose the use of his limbs. Dr. Macri tries to find shelter for a man with a spinal cord injury.
No Guts No Glory
A pediatric trauma surgeon talks with a young patient about gun violence. Dr. Langer relieves a toddler’s seizures and later has a scare of his own.
Home Sweet Home
A veteran nurse who refused the COVID-19 vaccine ruminates about her career on her last day of work. Dr. Boockvar braces himself to operate on a friend.
A child struck by a vehicle needs a miracle. A reenergized Dr. Langer tries to save a woman’s vision. And a father gives his son the ultimate gift.
Change of Heart
Nurses Vicky and MacKenzie reflect on balancing work and life as new moms. Nurse Darby reveals his career plan B. Dr. Prince shares an update on Josh.
Name: Emergency NYC
Description: This gripping docuseries follows New York City's frontline medical professionals as they balance the intensity of their work with their personal lives.
Country: United States
Director(s): Adi Barash, Ruthie Shatz
Music: Uri Frost
Companies: Yulari Films, Netflix