Below-the-belt cancers and a below-the-radar cause enter the spotlight when six GYN cancer surgeons take on the Big C with rock ‘n’ roll. The band’s name comes from the three words every patient prays to hear: “No Evidence of Disease.” This unconventional rock band is made up of six GYN surgeons who are each passionate about music and each outraged by the wall of silence surrounding their field. There are more than 90,000 diagnoses of — and more than 30,000 deaths from — GYN cancers each year. Yet these diseases receive less than 1% of what goes into breast cancer research.
Interweaving the harrowing experiences and stunning courage of women, devoted families, and dedicated doctors, this documentary takes an alternative approach to a difficult topic. As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life and awareness, our surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, while their patients and loved ones jump on the train, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and rock ‘n’ roll.
This award-winning documentary was first workshopped at a Docs In Progress Peer Pitch program back in 2010. It was released in 2013 and has played at film festivals and specialized screenings ever since. Following the screening, director Andrea Kalin will participate in a Q&A with the audience.
The community center is off Philadelphia Avenue between Piney Branch and Carroll. Parking is free. If taking Metro, the walk from the Takoma Park Metro Station is about 20 minutes or you can take Ride-On Buses 25 (towards Langley Park) or 12 (towards Silver Spring) to the Community Center. Click here for a Google Map
This screening is co-sponsored by Docs In Progress and We Are Takoma, an arts and humanities programming series of the Takoma Park City Government.
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