Two of the children received surgery during the mission. Nine-year-old Rozal Garces was treated for her cleft lip, and four-year-old Amorjoy Felipe had a cleft lip and palate revision. The third child, Abel Gastardo, had a condition too severe to be treated during the time of the mission. Abel suffered from a facial encephalocele, an extreme protrusion of brain tissue from the front of his skull.
Seven months later, we follow Abel to the United States. He’s been brought over by Operation Smile to receive major surgery in Virginia, at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.
This moving film captures the resilience and bravery of the children and their families whose lives are transformed by surgery.
A Century Films production for Living Proof, BBC1 and Discovery Channel
1 x 50 minutesNarratorAnna MaloneyPhotographyMike CarlingMike EleySoundTim WattsJohn AveryAssociate producerDavid WiseExecutive producerBrian HillNicholas O’DwyerFilm editorStuart BriggsProduced and directed byKatie BailiffAlex Ree
WinnerBest Medical Documentary, US Circle of Excellence Media Awards
FinalistBest Humanitarian Documentary, New York Film Festival