Over the past week, I’ve come across two short films that are designed to show what it’s like living with MS. But they have two very different approaches.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society in the U.S produced one of the films. It runs about 3 minutes, features several people who live with our disease, and appears to be designed as a fundraising tool for the society.
The other film was produced by a nonprofit group in the U.K. called Shift.ms. Called “Hidden,” the film runs about 10 minutes and is designed to expose the parts of MS that are out of view for most people in our lives.
What do you think?
For a change, I’m not going to say much more. Rather, here are some questions for you. Does the first film provide an accurate picture of typical MS patients? Does it, for the sake of fundraising, paint a picture that’s too positive? Would you show it to someone who wants to know what it’s like to live with MS?
Does the second film provide an accurate picture of a typical MS patient? Does it succeed at revealing our unseen symptoms? Would you show it to someone who wants to know what it’s like to live with MS?
Which approach works better for you?
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