THE C WORD
2015 | 91 min | USA
Directed by Meghan L. O’Hara
A fresh perspective on the preventatives for one of our most feared diseases and an emotional portrait of survival.
This critically acclaimed documentary follows the stories of celebrated French neuroscientist Dr. David Servan-Schreiber and the film’s director Meghan O’Hara (Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, Sicko) on their unconventional battles against cancer and their paths from diagnosis to survival.
The C Word explores the trends and habits that can increase the risk of cancer, including an intrusive media and the trillion-dollar processed food industry. The film also exposes communities of people who are paradoxically undernourished and overweight, struggling against the effects of the disease.
Documentary filmmaker Meghan L. O’Hara, working in collaboration with executive producer Morgan Freeman, poses questions that make us look at cancer in a different light, highlighting that 70 per cent of cancer deaths are preventable.
“Walking out of the film, the viewer will find they have a much greater control of their destiny than when they walked in. For a film about sickness, it provides new hope for staying well, but it’s up to us” (Dave Chase, Forbes).
- Winner – Global Health Competition 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival
- Audience Award – 2016 Illuminate Film Festival
- Best Documentary Feature – ifab Award 2016 International Film Awards Berlin
- Best Feature 2016 – Frankly Film Fest
- Roger Ebert Prize for Best US DOCUMENTARY – 2016 Traverse City Film Festival