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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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