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Winner of the US Circle of Excellence Media Awards for Best Medical Documentary and finalist in the New York Film Festival Awards for Best Humanitarian Documentary, 2001

Discovery Channel BBC1

1 x 50 minutes
Transmitted 21 June 2000
A Century Films production for Living Proof, BBC1 and Discovery Channel

Narrator
Anna Maloney
Photography
Mike Carling and Mike Eley
Sound
Tim Watts and John Avery
Associate producer
David Wise
Executive producer
Brian Hill and Nicholas O’Dwyer
Film editor
Stuart Briggs
Produced and directed by
Katie Bailiff and Alex Reed

 

The Facemakers (2000)

Winner of the US Circle of Excellence Media Awards for Best Medical Documentary and finalist in the New York Film Festival Awards for Best Humanitarian Documentary, 2001.

The Facemakers documents the remarkable changes that occurred in the lives of three children as a result of Operation Smile's visit to Davao City in the Philippines in 1999.

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.