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65_Redroses

The mysterious, seemingly non-descript title of the doc 65_Redroses refers to what a child calls Cystic Fibrosis when she’s too young to pronounce it. It’s also Eva Markvoort’s screen name ...
June 22, 2009

The mysterious, seemingly non-descript title of the doc 65_Redroses refers to what a child calls Cystic Fibrosis when she’s too young to pronounce it. It’s also Eva Markvoort’s screen name on a cystic fibrosis social networking site.

Markvoort is a young woman suffering from CF who, like other patients with the same affliction, cannot spend time with other people with the disease for fear of spreading super bugs between them. While she waits for a double lung transplant which will give her roughly five more years to live, she finds comfort and understanding in her friends with CF online. One of her friends, screen-name Spirit of Kina, knows what she’s going through as she’s had a lung transplant before, one which her body seems to be rejecting.

Like many medical docs, 65_Redroses is at times hard to watch, particularly when Eva is coughing uncontrollably and gasping for a breath, but watching her discomfort and then seeing evidence of her unbreakable spirit makes the viewer root for her. It’s remarkable how she remains so positive when she can barely breathe, nevermind the fact that she’s being followed by filmmakers Philip Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji the whole time.

Through the deep access Markvoort gives the filmmakers, 65_Redroses gives viewers a deeper look into a disease that kills young people while sending a clear message about the importance of both organ donation and social networking for people who are too ill to leave their hospital room.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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