Dear Friends of ISN,

The 2021 edition of the ISN Community Film Event received many high-quality films recounting compelling stories of patients and healthcare professionals affected by kidney diseases.  Only a limited number of films could be selected to compete for the 2021 award. As a result, many stories deserving of a wider audience only just missed out on becoming finalists. The ISN is therefore delighted to launch the “2022 Community Choice Film Selection,” an extension of the ISN Film Event presenting an additional selection of engaging narratives and providing another opportunity for the films to raise awareness and gain recognition.

Get inspired by the stories, and vote for your favorite film by December 6, 2021.

The films are:

LIVING WELL WITH KIDNEY DISEASE
Submitted by:
C. Carlino, CUDAIO, Salud Renal, Rosario, Argentina

Summary
The film shows the story of Maria Eugenia Menendez a kidney transplant patient who decided to become a doctor. Her point of view about the health and kidney disease,  the challanges she faced and still have to face including in the current COVID-19 pandemic. 



I'M DIALYSIS
Submitted by:
E.M.Y.Y. Amekoudi (University of Kara, health science department, Lomé, Togo), T. Achille M. (University of Lomé, Health departement, Lomé, Togo), A. Stéfano Komla (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, Cotonou Agency, Cotonou, Benin).

Summary
In Togo, a small West African country, hemodialysis is still little known by the population. It is assimilated to a treatment at the end of life, worse, it is considered as a harbinger of death. We made this film to show that it is true that dialysis is difficult because it is not supported by the state and is expensive, but it is a source of hope because it prolongs life. Please follow the story of these brave women.


ENJOYING LIFE WITH PERITONEAL DIALYSIS 
Submitted by:
M. Anaya Taboada (Casa, Atlantico, Barranquilla, Colombia), P.N. Muñoz Salcedo (Asocolnef, Cundinamarca, Bogotá, Colombia).

Summary
This video is intended to highlight the importance of the attitude the patient faces with chronic kidney disease who requires peritoneal dialysis therapy. With adequate adherence, a good family support and above all with optimism, patients can adapt to a new lifestyle, but without forgetting their personal goals and aspirations.


ORGAN DONORS ARE HEROES 
Submitted by:
S. Kar (Sylhet M A G Osmani Medical College, Department of Nephrology, Sylhet, Bangladesh).

Summary

There is a story of sacrifice behind every organ donation.This is the story of a daughter who donated her kidney to her mother, overcoming all obstacles.The sacrifice made by the organ donors should be valued. They are the real heroes in our society.


HOPE AND RESILIENCE: FROM DIAGNOSIS AND DIALYSIS TO TRANSPLANTATION 
Submitted by: 
T. Monkman, T. Krueger, S. Armstrong, C. Bohm, S. Dunsmore, A. Mazurat, S. Ratnaparkhe, C. Rigatto,  N. Tangri, P. Komenda (Seven Oaks General Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada).

Summary
Filmed in October 2019, “Hope and Resilience: From Diagnosis and Dialysis to Transplantation” chronicles Trevor Monkman’s 10-year journey with Kidney Failure. Starting with his diagnosis and initiation of in-center hemodialysis and the impact this had on his emotional and mental health, to how the transition to home hemodialysis was accompanied by a sense of independence and improvement in quality of life, to lastly how a single phone call about a kidney transplant gave him an ultimate gift. Although Trevor’s journey highlights many of the personal struggles that accompany a life-changing diagnosis and treatment, it also embodies a spirit of hope, resilience, and a gratitude for life that is truly inspirational.


KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION: NEW LIFE NEW HOPE
Submitted by: 
F. Nobi, T.S. Kashem, N.A.S. Begum, S.U.Z. Arefin, H.U. Rashid, S. Nomany (Kidney Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, Nephrology and Transplantation, Dhaka, Bangladesh).

Summary
A successful kidney transplant can help a patient live longer with improved quality of life. It is like being blessed with gift of life twice. A new life and new hope where patient can get his own normal life back all over again.
This story is about a man who was diagnosed as a case of FSGS with hypertension since 2006. He was reasonably fine till 2015 after which he started haemodialysis. On 2017 he received renal transplantation from his sister. He returned to his normal daily life and his sister is doing fine as well. He became father of his second child after renal transplantation.
This film was made in November 2020.The reason behind making this film was to raise the awareness regarding renal transplantation. As this is the only treatment modality in end stage kidney disease where patients recover all functions of kidney with an improved quality of life. More improved life with more control over daily activities. It also eliminates the need for dialysis.


 

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