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MIPTV Picks: ‘I Want to Live, Don’t I?’ A Cancer Diary

German actress Kathrin Spielvogel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, at the age of 34. The treatment called for the removal of her right breast and intensive chemotherapy.
March 31, 2010


German actress Kathrin Spielvogel was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, at the age of 34. The treatment called for the removal of her right breast and intensive chemotherapy. As someone who has made her living in front of the camera, Spielvogel decided to document the process of fighting the cancer and began to film a video diary. In 2008, friend and filmmaker Nicholas Feustel edited the material into a cohesive whole, which captures Spielvogel’s pain, doubt and ultimately, her triumph in refusing to give in.

Partners: Produced by Georgetown Media (Germany)

Length: 1 x 42 minutes

Aired: Dec. 2009 (Germany)

Rights available: Worldwide exclusive rights available (except Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Russian Federation, Georgia, CIS); Worldwide non-exclusive rights available (except Belgium)

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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