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Short Films That Turn Psoriasis Into An Open Discussion

I don’t think it matters how many years you have been living with psoriasis. We all know that every day has the opportunity to be a good day. It's an opportunity to say to yourself that you choose to live.

Films that raise psoriasis awareness

Sometimes, we struggle to find the words to describe to others what we experience for ourselves. The journey towards advocating for more coverage and more exposure will continue to be a work in progress.

I did find some unique films on psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis that you might enjoy.

The Singing Detective

Originally this was a six-part series on BBC in 1986.  The character was Philip Marlow who suffered from erythrodermic psoriasis. This is a rare inflammatory form of the disease that can be life-threatening.

The movie illustrates how he hallucinates about a singing detective in a hospital.  He talks about his treatment along with the psychological toll it takes on him. Denis Potter is the writer who suffered from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

My Skin Is On Fire

This was an award-winning documentary by Fred Finkelstein. He also is a psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis sufferer. This film made such an impact on me, and Fred had such a strong presence.

This disease affects millions of people. It makes you peel, flake, itch, and burn. It took years for research to figure out there was a link between psoriasis and certain arthritis. This film portrays what it is like to have psoriasis.

This film is enlightening and touches many hearts. This is one documentary that the whole family needs to see. This will give them an understanding of what it truly feels like to live with this disease.

Psoriasis Shout Out

This public campaign is spearheaded by Professor Chris Griffiths, Director of the Manchester Centre for Dermatology Research. Guided by a mission to raise awareness about psoriasis and to encourage psoriasis warriors to see past their disease. 

We had a flash dance, short films, a panel discussion, and even a fashion show. The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust have been active supporters of this group participating in its roadshows and other activations.

Millefeuille Many Sheets and Layers

Elodie Laurent becomes physically and mentally crippled as her psoriasis worsens. Depicting living the life of a French baker who lives in London; it affects her ability to continue with her business. Her outgoing and compassionate neighbor becomes her friend.

This opens up Elodie to a new world that there are people who would accept her. This award-winning short film shows us that everyone can be a “millefeuille”, sweet and with many layers underneath.

The PsA Awareness Project

The National Psoriasis Foundation and Novartis Pharmaceuticals collaborated on two short films. They wanted to shed light on psoriasis warriors. They had risen above the disease to continue living their best lives.

We look into the lives of Shirley and Jennifer; both suffering from psoriatic arthritis. There are times we need to educate ourselves.  Your body is always trying to tell you something.

The importance of raising awareness

A screenwriter once wrote.  "Either you give in, or you survive and create something out of this bomb-site which you’ve become - you put up a new building".

Do you have any recommendations for short films or documentaries that raise psoriasis awareness?

 

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