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The 2017 Emmy-nominated documentary follows the experiences of rare families: their struggles, their strength, and their hope for the future as they confront the challenges of living with a rare disease.
Directed by Alisa Shakarian & Marc Dole
William H. Macy narrates the inspiring story of Michelle Hall, a young woman living with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). The film highlights her perseverance and hope she has for medical professionals to find a cure.
Directed by Patrice Lighter
Menkes Disease, a rare fatal genetic disorder, also known as Kinky Hair Syndrome, is the impaired ability to metabolize copper. This 10 minute documentary is narrated by Oscar nominated actress Mary McDonnell.
Directed by Daniel DeFabio
Hear the unique and fresh perspectives of siblings of children with the rare, life threatening diseases Leukodystrophy, GM-1, and Canavan Disease.
Directed by Blyth Lord
A global view on the impact of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy on individuals and families through interviews with individuals and families in several countries including Spain and the Netherlands. This trailer was not shown as part of the DISORDER film selections in the fall of 2017. This is preview of the documentary which will premiere in it’s full length in 2019.
Directed by Micro de Vito and Marco Fiata
Finn provides insight into Hunter’s Syndrome, a rare terminal genetic disorder, and takes an experiential look at two parents coming to terms with an unfortunate reality: that their child is going to die, but hope his life will not be in vain with the legacy he'll leave behind.
Directed by Christian Schultz
After their son, Miles, is diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a devastating neuromuscular disease causing progressive muscle loss, Nikki and Tony McIntosh seek an experimental treatment to save their son.
Directed by Gareth Burghes
This is the story of Millie, a little girl who dreams of being a dancer, yet suffers from Niemann Pick Type C; an extremely rare, incurable disease which causes neurological decline and dementia. Only 800 people around the world suffer from this, the majority of whom are innocent children who were born with the genetic condition.
Directed by Carl Mason
When the parents of 8-year-old Tess Bigelow learned of her ultra-rare genetic disorder, they believed she was the only one of her kind. This short documentary tells the story of their worldwide quest to find others like Tess.
Directed by Bo Bigelow
Over the course of five years, a film crew followed Jerry Cahill as he lived his everyday life; an everyday life unique compared to many. Throughout this documented journey, Jerry demonstrates how a positive attitude, relentless self-discipline, and physical perseverance allow him to battle cystic fibrosis and consistently overcome the odds set against him.
Directed by Artem Agafonov
'The Magic Bracelet' mysteriously links best friends Angela, Ashley and a cheese obsessed dog. When Ashley inherits a totem bracelet from a friend who died of Mitochondrial Disease - the same illness she herself battles - it leads the girls on a mystical journey of discovery in which a new level of friendship, family and healing is revealed. This project was created by Make A Film Foundation to fulfill the wish of 15 year old Rina Goldberg whose final words to her mom before she died of Mitochondrial disease were 'Promise to take care of my film.'
Directed by Jon Poll, 18 minutes
Addresses Mitochondrial Disease
Parents, patients and healthcare professionals discuss their personal and professional experiences with tackling rare genetic diseases and not giving up despite the challenges. This film addresses NGLY1.
Directed by Jason Cohen
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