Redefining the traditional scope of documentary film in an electronic age, 65_RedRoses leaves viewers with a new appreciation of life and the digital world. This personal and touching journey takes an unflinching look into the lives of Eva Markvoort and her two online friends who are all battling Cystic Fibrosis (CF) – a fatal genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system. Unable to meet in person because of the spread of infections and super bugs, the girls have become each other’s lifelines through the Internet, providing unconditional love, support and understanding long after visiting hours are over. Now at a critical turning point in their lives, the film travels the distance the friends cannot go themselves, capturing the compelling and often heartbreaking realities they face, just trying to take each breath.
“Medical documentaries don’t get more intimate – or more harrowing – than this powerful look at a young Vancouver woman’s wait for a life-saving double lung transplant.” - Norman Wilner, Critics pick, Best of the Fest – Now Magazine
“A young Vancouverite’s battle with cystic fibrosis gets compelling treatment in this 70-minute doc by the team of Phil Lyall and Nimisha Mukerji. By examining Markvoort’s relationships with two fellow CF sufferers who she met online, Lyall and Mukerji also show how personal support systems may be more important than the medical kind when it comes to surviving a health crisis.” Jason Anderson – National Post