The most beautiful years. How illness changed my life
Learning to jump over the obstacles on his horse has taught Giacomo that life must be faced with courage and determination. Thus, when only 18 years old receives the diagnosis of cancer, he decides that it can become an opportunity to transform his existence.
‘I was walking and I suddenly felt my leg becoming weak’. With these words Giacomo, a 21 years old boy, tells how he discovered he had a femoral tumor. It happened three years ago when his life was entirely devoted to ride horses and racing. But those that have passed since then have been for him, paradoxically, ‘the most beautiful years’. In a short time, hospitalizatio>n, diagnosis, a first operation, then chemotherapy. Telling his experience in a book has become a help to him. A post written on Facebook and shared by so many people, says Giacomo, ‘gave me the impression that I was not alone’ and that ‘what happened to me could help someone else’. From that post born the book ‘We are not immune’, where he talks about the changes due to the disease, the rehabilitation, and the discovery of love for study and writing. Every three months, however, the controls continue, all in order until March 2016, when the word ‘recurrence’ appears. And doctors this time put Giacomo in front of a choice: If he wants to increase the chances that cancer does not return, he must amputate his leg. But it is just after the amputation that Giacomo decides to go back to competing sports and discover rowing, looking for new challenges and new races.
DIRECTED BY: Livia Parisi
SCRIPT: Livia Parisi and Giacomo Perini
SHOOTING: Francesco De Luca and Giancarlo Sanfilippo
EDITING: Livia Parisi and Kami Fares
COLOR: Kami Fares and Lorenzo Lattanzi
SOUND: Lorenzo Lattanzi
GRAPHIC PROJECT: Lau Chromo
MUSIC: Silver Julio and Vincenzo Bardaro
PICTURE FORMAT: Color
ASPECT RATIO: 16×9
SHOOTING FORMAT: HDV
SCREENER FORMAT: DVD, BLU-RAY