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MIPTV Picks 2012: MS Wars

Originally produced for CBC science and natural history strand 'The Nature of Things,' this documentary special examines the story of Italian research scientist Paolo Zamboni's controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis, dubbed Liberation Therapy.
March 24, 2012

Originally produced for CBC science and natural history strand ‘The Nature of Things,’ this documentary special examines the story of Italian research scientist Paolo Zamboni’s controversial treatment for multiple sclerosis, dubbed Liberation Therapy. Zamboni’s treatment calls for the unblocking of jugular veins in order to combat a condition he calls chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency or CCSVI. When the research paper behind the treatment surfaced online before being published in print, it ignited a firestorm of attention from those with MS and the media alike. MS Wars highlights the divide between accepted procedure and the wisdom of the Web, and tells the story of some who are caught in between.

Partners: Zoot Pictures for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, distributed by TVF International (London)

Length: 1 x 52 minutes

Aired: CBC’s ‘Nature of Things,’ February 2012

Rights available: All rights worldwide, excluding Canada

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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