CancerCare Manitoba
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November 3, 2011

Mini Film Festival

Grab the popcorn and make plans to attend CancerCare Manitoba's first ever mini film festival on Saturday, November 26th!

This educational event coordinated by Patient and Family Support Services along with the Younger and Wiser planning group features three short films to help increase awareness of the issues facing younger women with breast cancer, as well as young women at high risk for breast cancer. A facilitated panel discussion with those who have experienced these issues first hand will follow each film.

In "At My Mother's Breast", local filmmaker Heather Watson-Burgess is a 27 year old daughter of a woman with breast cancer, who is the daughter of a woman with breast cancer, who is the daughter of a woman with breast cancer. Heather illustrates an extraordinary story of a family's experience as they go through the process together and come out forever changed.

"Jonna's Body, Please Hold" is an award winning one-woman show where a sassy receptionist fields calls from a parade of quirky body parts. After surviving cancer three times, the filmmaker 'wanted to make a show that expresses the fullness of life: the laughter, joy, silliness and power as well as the struggle.'

"I Don't Have Time for This: Diagnosed with Breast Cancer When You Least Expect It" is a documentary about five young women who will not let breast cancer get in the way of their lives - they simply don't have time for it!

The event is open to the public. Anyone who is interested or affected by breast cancer including patients, family, friends, students, and health professionals are encouraged to attend between 11:15am-4:30pm. Admission is free, but seating at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne St.) is limited. Register early by calling 787-4119.

The film festival is dedicated to Pamela Hasker, a founding member of the Younger and Wiser planning group. Donations to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation in Pamela's memory are supporting this event.

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