- Feb 02 2023
- 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
“N of 1” Virtual Screening & Discussion
Facilitated by COPE’s Rashida Sanchez MA, LMSW, FT, join us for a discussion with Bernard Friedman, the director of the new documentary N of 1, and Jacob Taunton, whose story is featured in the film. During the one-hour zoom, we will play scenes from the film; attendees will be provided access to a streaming link to watch the film in full.
About N of 1: Sometimes, in medicine, innovation can come from unexpected sources. N of 1 follows a striking mix of characters on an international journey to save the life of Kayte, a 26-year-old from Alabama, whose doctors had run out of options for treating her rare, highly lethal liver cancer. Via a Facebook group for the few people in the world sharing her diagnosis, Kayte connects with Howard, a Canadian electronics businessman with no medical training, who has doubled in his spare time as a patient advocate, often scouring medical journals to understand cancer better to help patients like her. Howard recruits for Kayte a pioneering immunologist from Israel and renowned transplant surgeon from England to travel to India, where Kayte will undergo a first-of-its-kind procedure to save her life, and possibly dramatically advance traditional cancer treatment as we know it. This experimental treatment, a partial bone marrow transplant followed by a live liver transplant, may have pushed the regulatory boundaries of evidence-based medicine. But when you’re an N of 1 — a singular patient, dying from a very rare and little researched disease — in the words of Kayte, to get to a cure, “someone has to be the first to say ‘I’ll try it.’”
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About Bernard Friedman
Bernard Friedman is founder and creative director of the Los Angeles based documentary production company, Flying Mind. He directed the feature documentary “N of 1” (2021), an inquiry into the nature of innovation as understood through the story of a novel approach to cancer, and the short film “American Homes” (2012), an animated 1000-year history of residential architecture in North America that includes interviews with notable figures in the world of architecture and design. He has also produced the feature documentaries “Bogalusa Charm” (2017), a study of the changing American South which premiered at Slamdance, and “Bending the Arc” (2018), the story of a group of young med students who spark an international revolution in rural health care, which premiered at Sundance. Bernard is the author of the book, The American Idea of Home, published by the University of Texas Press.
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