Going The Distance: Journey of Recovery | Documentary Proposal
by Avion Anderson
(Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago)
OBJECTIVE: This documentary "Going The Distance: Journey of Recovery" is focusing on cancer patients and/or survivors, men, women and young people, through varying stages of the disease.
It is important to hear the variety of stories and circumstances that these persons, who come from all walks of life, and whom have been diagnosed with the disease, share their stories of how they have come to accept the disease, to how they are coping with the many changes, which they have and is going through since been diagnosis, their surgery, their treatment (chemo and others) and the challenges of life, plus rebuilding their lives with honesty, dignity, humor and grace.
DESCRIPTION: Using documentary film techniques, weaving together moving interviews, which will be illustrated with photographs, home movies, including scenes from current medical research, imagery, inclusive of mammography, ultrasound, MRI and pathology at the cellular level and historical and modern film and television clips along with magazine and newspaper articles and websites will demonstrate the ways that mainstream culture deals both ineffectively and effectively with the disease and the resources for patients and family support.
Cancer is an equal opportunity disease and thus, it is important to hear the variety of stories and circumstances that these persons, who come from all walks of life, and who have been diagnosis with the disease, share their stories on how they have come to accept the disease and how they are coping with the many changes that they have gone through since been diagnosis, their surgery, their treatment (chemo and others) and the challenges of life with a courageous spirit, as they rebuild their lives, which can be used as a helpful tool in helping other individuals suffering from cancer cope and tell their stories of survival and triumph.
I will also focus on and wish to address is by shedding light on the current state of health care; as well as the institutions and policies/laws set in place regarding the issue of cancer treatment and care for patients and their families and also outreach programs geared towards educating and getting the population involved in activities raises the cancer awareness in successful detection, treatment and survival rates of the general public.
We will be hearing from medical specialists as they reflect on each case with unique assessments from their own clinical practice examining current trends in early detection, if one believes that they have cancer, prevention and the role of research in the field of cancer; and non-governmental organizations that educate, assist and support cancer patients, survivors and their families, as well as develop and implement outreach programmes to educate the general population and raise awareness and hold events such as walk against breast cancer and other minor and major events.
Therefore, it is very important to gain consent from each cancer patient and/or survivor, as well as medical specialist, therapist, family and friends and even from non-governmental organizations. It may also help to gather consent from a healthcare institution. This is the most important and most difficult part of the project and adaptions will be made according to the wishes of everyone.
However, I strongly believe that this project will stand as evidence or a road-map for cancer survivors and their families, as they learn to navigate this journey, share their success stories with others and thereby we all can become empowered and liberated and work together as one unit in addressing and helping others cope with the disease live a normal and better life.
KEY MESSAGES (for the documentary video project) will include:
- In-depth interviews with the cancer survivors, their families, medical specialists, therapists, personnel from non-governmental organizations, policymakers and all other personnel involved in raising cancer awareness and its treatment.
- Photographs, home movies of and from cancer patients and survivors and their families.
- Scenes from current medical research, imagery, inclusive of mammography, ultrasound, MRI and pathology at the cellular level. Along with historical and modern film and television clips along with magazine and newspaper articles and websites will demonstrate the ways that mainstream culture deals both ineffectively and effectively with the disease and the resources for patients and family support.
- Photographs and video footages of events and meetings in locations throughout the island, that pertains to cancer walk and raising the awareness and educating and supporting the general population.
- Each community where a cancer patient and/or survivor reside will be highlighted, such as restaurants, entertainment, etc.
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