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Dr. Bala: Film Screening & Director and Dr. Bala’s Q&A | Palo Alto

June 30, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in person on June 30 at Morrison & Foerster, Palo Alto to experience the inspiring story of Kazuhiro Omura, also known as ‘Dr. Bala’.

For 12 years now, Japanese doctor Kazuhiro Omura, a.k.a. “Dr. Bala” (Burmese for “powerful” ), has volunteered his expertise to help improve medical care in Southeast Asia. In many of these developing countries, a history of genocide, natural disasters, and other calamities has left medical care systems with a shortage of skilled doctors, infrastructure, and supplies. After identifying the needs of these systems (especially in the field of ENT surgery), Dr. Bala set out to find a way to help by setting aside his vacation days to volunteer in these countries. Though he has encountered many challenges along the way, his ability to forge connections, inspire, and educate has created a remarkable outcome. His work has transcended national borders by creating strong bonds among doctors and patients of a variety of nationalities, and has given local doctors skills and confidence to improve medical outcomes in their own countries. His own direct care given to local patients has left a trail of touching human kindness that stretches across time and space.

The overall message of the film is that each human has their own “bala” carried within them. By exercising that power, we can connect with people and enrich each other’ s lives. It is the hope of the filmmakers that every viewer can walk away from this film inspired to find their own “bala”.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about someone making a significant difference in the world. We can’t wait to see you there!


Date and Time:

U.S.: Thursday, June 30, 2022 @ 5:30pm


5:00pm – Registration
5:30pm – Film Screening
6:30pm – Q&A session with the Director and Dr. Omura by hybrid via Zoom (20min) Moderated by Larry Greenwood, Board Chair, Japan Society of Northern California
7:00pm Networking



Morrison & Foerster, Palo Alto | 755 Page Mill Rd # B, Palo Alto, CA 94304
*Light snacks and wine will be available at the event.
**Guests must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Booster shots are encouraged but not required.


We are excited to see you at the event on the 30th! Since we only have 50 seats available, please let us know in advance if you cannot attend by emailing us at the address below. Additionally, you can email us if we reach the maximum number of in-person participants and would like to join the waiting list.




*Only 50 spots available!





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June 30, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Morrison & Foerster Palo Alto
755 Page Mill Rd
Palo ALto, 94304
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