“MS”( Or “SM”,the original title in Polish) is a documentary, filmed in Poland and both written and directed by psychologist Ilona Bidzan released last year, and just made available in You Tube. MS tells the stories of three patients with multiple sclerosis and how they deal with the chronic debilitating disease. The film focuses on the stories of the painter Emilia Ratajczak, photographer Wojciech Stańko, and dancer Gabriela Zenka. Despite the different ages and stages of life, they share a desire to change their lives, fighting the difficulties that come with an MS diagnosis.
Ilona Bidzan described the film as “a story about extraordinary people and their equally outstanding paths of life. Three intimate conversations about passion, rebellion and suffering. A journey into the depths of human mind in search for an answer to a question: how important are will power and fortitude in our life? Finally, it is a documentary about three people living with multiple sclerosis, who decide to change their life after hearing the diagnosis and against all odds live.”
One of the patients and main characters in the documentary, Emilia Ratajczak, explained that what unites them is that they all received a “sentence with no appeal,” but used their arts against the diagnosis that told them they were doomed. Ilona emphasized that “actually, ‘SM’ is not a film about the illness, but about… passion. Passion, which is in fact equal to the strenuous will of life.”
(This edited text is taken from a recent newsletter from MS Weekly News.)
Take a look, and see what you think.