The Power of Two - (screening)

  • Directed by: Marc Smolowitz
  • Produced by: Andrew Byrnes

Released: 2012
Running Time: 94 min
Subtitles: English and Japanese with English Subtitles 
Includes: Discussion and Action Guide
Subjects: Multicultural Studies, Human Rights

A story of twin sisters, two cultures, and two new chances at life. Inspired by their 2007 memoir, THE POWER OF TWO offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) and miraculous survival through double lung transplants. Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the CF and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles — and overlooked joys — of chronic illness. Featuring archival footage and probing expert interviews, this poignant directorial debut of Academy Award nominated producer Marc Smolowitz presents a multi-faceted portrayal of a society at a tipping point around this triumph of modern medicine. Evocative without being sentimental, THE POWER OF TWO reveals the twins not as heroines but as authentic women who share our fears about mortality and inspire us to make a difference.

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