PIEDMONT -- The Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Film Series Committee's first showing of the year couldn't hit closer to home.

The committee will screen "The Waiting Room," a hard-hitting look inside the emergency room at Oakland's Highland Hospital, and offer a post-film discussion with director and Piedmont resident Peter Nicks.

The free event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave. in Piedmont.

Committee member Julie Chang said the film is especially timely as California and the nation begin to see the impact of the Affordable Health Care Act, known better as Obamacare.

The law requiring Americans to have insurance went into effect Jan. 1, and the film poignantly examines how patients without insurance and their health care providers navigate an inadequate system.

The screening of "The Waiting Room" is co-sponsored by the Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee, the Piedmont League of Women Voters, Mulberry Market and DiversityWorks.

Oakland's New Parkway Theater at 474 24th St. also will screen the film for free at 3 p.m. Feb. 1.

IF YOU GO
What: Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Film Series Committee's showing of "The Waiting Room"
When: Wednesday -- 6:30 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. film screening; 8:20 p.m. discussion with director Peter Nicks
Where: Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont
Information: www.diversityfilmseries.com and www.whatruwaitingfor.com