Ignite | BC Spotlight
This is a film that could save lives, in our audience and beyond. Director Jeff Chiba Stearns (One Big Hapa Family, Yellow Sticky Notes) unveils the frustration and desperation of people who are waiting for a suitable match for a bone marrow donor. Unlike blood donations, which are generally suitable for anyone of the same blood type, bone marrow transplants require a close genetic match. Multiracial blood cancer patients with complex genetics must draw from an extremely small pool of suitable donors.
There are registries of willing donors and, if you’re of European descent, your chances of finding a match are quite good, particularly if both parents share the same approximate lineage. If, however, you have a more complicated background, your choices become much more limited. If your parents are, for example, Icelandic and Japanese, the odds become astronomical. There are people and their families searching worldwide, over a period of months and even years, for a life-saving donor. Skilfully incorporating his trademark animation with the stories of those afflicted, Chiba Stearns lets us know what we can do to address this increasingly critical situation in cancer treatment.