Mon, 10/21/2013 - 10:30pm

Certified nurse assistant Cynthia Y. Johnson at Highland Hospital.

Credit: Courtesy of Open'hood 2012

View the healthcare system through the eyes of those stuck in an ER waiting room in Oakland. 

INDEPENDENT LENS: The Waiting Room, airing Monday, October 21 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, interweaves several stories that unfold in surprising ways in the ER waiting room at Oakland, California’s Highland Hospital — a facility stretched to the breaking point. The film is an intimate rendering of the story of the health care system at a moment of great change, told through the eyes of people stuck — sometimes for up to 14 hours — in the waiting room. It’s a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us. By Peter Nicks.