I knew quite a few people involved in the film – the co-director Phil Lyall, the animators at Sequence, the composer Adam Locke-Norton. And it was through the film that I felt like I got to know Eva Markvoort. Or at least, I got to know her battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

And it was very, very hard to watch.


It was hard to watch her drowning in her own mucus, it was hard to watch her surgeon pray before performing her double lung transplant, it was hard to watch her speak after the screening at VIFF.

I cannot even imagine how difficult it is for her.

Yet she remained such a bright and charismatic and positive person through the good, the bad and the painful. Which made it the most powerful film I’ve seen.

I’m just thankful I knew so many people involved (y’all did such a good job!) because I would have never had the fortitude to see it if I didn’t. Eva is a warrior. I am a wuss.

65_RedRoses airs on November 16th on CBC’s Passionate Eye (10pm Pacific). Watch it. If only because it will compel you to sign that donor registration card and change BC’s status as the province with the lowest number of organ donors in Canada.

UPDATE: 65_RedRoses won more awards than any other film at the VIFF Closing Gala awards presentation. Congratulations, mes amis! Well deserved.

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  • Reply Larissa October 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    An amazing story told so powerfully. I am now going to become a donor for sure!

  • Reply mc October 12, 2009 at 10:15 am

    a very powerful film. everyone should watch this.

  • Reply Etrapar October 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Sounds interesting ant that picture is so interesting *.*

  • Reply Gerri Ward October 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    OMG! I too will become a donor! I just hope I’ll be able to get through this film considering her pain, I hate to see one suffering. Thank you for bringing this film to our attention!

  • Reply hauteworld October 13, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Wow, I’d love to see this. It’s great that she’s bringing attention to the situation and I really do hope she finds a donor. I’ve actually donated an organ myself (to my mother) and I was shocked to see the lists and number of people who desperately needed help but had to wait, because so many out there can’t be bothered. I think most countries should just do what Singapore does and automatically be classified as organ donors (they have to sign up if they don’t want to be one, so they basically do it the other way round).

  • Reply Nicole October 15, 2009 at 1:52 am

    wow, sounds like quite the movie. will def have to make a point of watching it when it debuts.

  • Reply Terra October 18, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I noticed they took home a few awards for this at VIFF :)

  • Reply bpeck20 October 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    How can I see this video? My son has just been diagnosed with CF, I NEED to see this!

  • Reply Kelsey October 29, 2009 at 10:19 am

    bpeck20 — are you in Canada? It’ll be playing on CBC’s Passionate Eye (10pm Pacific) on November 16th. If you’re not in Canada, let me know what country you’re in and I’ll find how you might be able see it.

    But I do have to warn you, it’s really, really hard to watch.

  • Reply Sara March 24, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Hi, I know I’m super late to this post, but I have been searching the web like a crazy person for the last month looking for this film and I came across this entry. I can’t seem to view it anywhere as I’m in the US. Does anyone have any idea how I might be able to see it? Thanks!

  • Reply Kelsey March 25, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Hi Sara — I just spoke to the director and he said they’re actually in the process of finding a broadcaster in the US.

    They don’t have anything solidified yet, but as soon as they do, they’ll announce it via Twitter, their Facebook group, etc.

    Fingers crossed it gets lined up soon.

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