I’ve watched a good number of transplant documentaries by now. In fact, I’ve become a little obsessed with documentaries as whole at points.
On my Transplant Video/News/Movie Links page there are list of worthwhile materials I’ve gathered as I’ve watched or uncovered them.
I’ll soon be adding this movie to that page.
But first, a bit of background: This short film was a Kickstarter backed film.
What I really found unique about this film (that separates it from others I’ve seen) is that it covers primarily the waiting aspect & life on the list outside the hospital walls. It also shines a light on those that actually die waiting, which often is not the focal point of many transplant documentaries.
Many focus on successful transplants or even in some, second transplants.
But very few tell the untold but also all too common story of those who struggle waiting & unfortunately those who pass on the list. It is a reality, however, a story that is begging to be told.
What I loved about this too was the great balance of love & life in the film. It’s a young couple coming to terms with mortality & this life changing journey & although the “happy ending” isn’t there, it’s not without hope or bleak. It’s just very matter-of-fact with that, but touching.
I also like that the director isn’t afraid to show Luke’s grief after the fact & his reflections on the journey. Even in immense grief, he still manages to give back & bring hope to others in a similar circumstance.
(I can’t tell you how, because that would be a spoiler.)
Though the focus is Cystic Fibrosis & The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is involved in helping promote the film, I like how relatable it is to others with lung diseases as whole.
I see that as a strength too in many of the documentaries I enjoy & have highlighted over time.
This movie is on the short side, but I don’t think that makes the feature suffer.
I also think that many family members & friends of transplant patients would benefit from watching it because it’s real, but doesn’t seem bleak or dark even with some raw subjects discussed.
It also isn’t medically heavy. Sam’s hospitalizations, dry runs — all of it — are interwoven into Sam’s life.
I appreciate this factor because I feel it makes for a more balanced film. You really get to see Sam’s essence.
I went to this link to obtain the movie. I signed up with my email.
Unfortunately, I had a problem, but James himself was more than willing to share the link via an email so I could watch it. (I only point this out so if someone encounters a problem, they hopefully will email so it can be rectified.)
It not only honors Sam’s memory well but the overall journey of lung transplant as a whole.