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.