A priest who tries to cure his congregation's ailments with acupuncture as well as healing their spirits is working in Bolivia.
GV: Traffic in La Paz
GV: Police in street outside clinic
GV PAN DOWN: Doctor Kim's clinic (TWO SHOTS)
CU: Dr. Kim with assistant preparing needles
GV: Placing needles into woman's leg and feet
SV: Placing needles into woman's head
CU: Attaching electrodes to needles
SV: Patient & power unit beside her (TWO SHOTS)
GV PAN DOWN: Church
SV INTERIOR: Dr. Kim addresses congregation (TWO SHOTS)
GV: People singing (SEVEN SHOTS)
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Background: A priest who tries to cure his congregation's ailments with acupuncture as well as healing their spirits is working in Bolivia.
SYNOPSIS: He works among a thriving community of south Korean emigrants in La Paz, the country's administrative capital. Pastor Hyung Kim's clinic is in one of the most popular parts of La Paz, where people are renowned for their superstitious beliefs, and many attend out of simple faith, knowing nothing whatsoever about acupuncture.
Pastor Kim is a qualified doctor of acupuncture and has written several books about it. He manages to make it a family affair, as his wife often acts as nurse and assistant.
This patient is a member of his congregation and, like Pastor Kim, shares the belief that all illnesses can be cured, or at any rate helped by acupuncture. Whether or not they know anything about the treatment, many of Pastor Kim's patients spend their time in the waiting room praying for that extra bit of help.
Pastor Kim's church is primarily for the Korean community which finances it, although it's also attended by Bolivians interested in his work. Sundays in this church are given over to acupuncture for all who need it, and also of course to the more traditional activities.