I AM BREATHING is about the thin space between life and death. It is a documentary that made its mark at this year's HotDocs festival in Toronto and will be globally screened around the world on June 21st. The LGS Toronto will also be taking part in that and we invite you to join us!
Directed by Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon, this touching documentary takes us into the life of Neil Platt as he discovers he has a mere 14 months to live. Neil is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease which attacks the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to use their arms and legs, talk or feed themselves. It has been commonly described as one of the last uncurable diseases of the modern day.
Below is an in-depth description of the film from the I AM BREATHING website:
I AM BREATHING is about the thin space between life and death.
Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralyzed from the neck down. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes:
“It’s amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be.
It’s what separates us and defines us as human beings.”
Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar. How can he make sense of the last 34 years? How can he anticipate what Oscar might want to know about his father in a future Neil can only imagine? He tries to tell the story of his life from his memories and impressions of love, friends and motorbike rides.
Neil faces Motor Neurone Disease with incredible humour and honesty, determined to share this last stage of his life through a blog that touched many people. With his posts forming the film’s narration, I AM BREATHING tries to listen to Neil as he asks in the last months of his life: “What makes us human?”
Join us as we take some time on June 21st to sit back and watch this intimate documentary about a man and his family and how they handle this fatal disease, definitely making its way to one of the year’s most heartfelt films.
WHAT: I AM BREATHING Documentary Screening
WHERE: Lomography Gallery Store Toronto
WHEN: June 21st, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
This screening is FREE.
Lomography Gallery Store Toronto
536 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5V 2B5
Mon – Sat: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
647 352 6702