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A film on the front lines of pediatric oncology that follows families, patients, and healthcare providers as they live with, battle against and cure childhood cancer in the developing world. How I Live will chronicle the journey of five children with cancer in low and middle-income countries. Following their journeys from diagnosis through treatment, the complex issues facing patients, families and healthcare providers emerge. Verite style filmmaking provides a window into both the interpersonal networks and healthcare systems that support and guide families through treatment. Weaving together stories of children from diverse locations, socio-economic backgrounds and cultures unified by an experience of cancer, the film is a composite of; global pediatric oncology, the power of parents’ love, children’s courage, the commitment of healthcare providers, and what is possible when a community is dedicated to treating and some-day curing childhood cancer.
How I Live is a collaboration between The Dana Farber / Children's Hospital Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Persistent Productions. Directors Meghan Shea and Mike Rogers are the founders of Persistent Productions, dedicated to the art and science of storytelling. Through their company they create documentary films for broadcast, educational outreach, global brands, and foundations. Operating in elegant cinéma vérité style, they unveil truths that are pure and direct despite focusing on subjects of great cultural complexity. This film is no exception. For Meghan and Mike their journey with pediatric oncology began years before the idea of this film was born. For over 10 years they stood beside brother Matt Shea as he bravely faced and fought cancer as a teen and young adult. This documentary serves as loving tribute to Matt's journey and his life. In this film, and in every moment of hope and connection, we remember him and his spirit lives on.