"A genuinely inspirational documentary on one man’s last days."
"'I Am Breathing' is an earnest and important film. It deserves to be seen by anyone who is interested in documentaries and anyone who is interested in the simple human stories."
"Platt and his story are inherently moving, and co-directors Emma Davie and Morag McKinnon wisely employ a light, unobtrusive touch as their camera captures the erosion of Platt's health."
- Village Voice
"A deeply affecting glimpse of a man's quest to salvage beauty from tragedy."
Director: Emma Davie, Morag McKinnon
Runtime: 72 min.
Subtitles: English, Danish, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Russian
Production Year: 2012
Public Performance Rights Licensing: Starting at $190
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Genres: Documentary, Health and Wellness, Family, Disability
I Am Breathing is about the thin space between life and death. Neil Platt ponders the last months of his life. Within a year, he goes from being a healthy young father to becoming completely paralyzed from the neck down. As his body gets weaker, his perspective on life changes. "Its amazing how adaptable we are when we have to be. Its what separates us and defines us as human beings."
Knowing he only has a few months left to live, and while he still has the ability to speak, Neil puts together a letter and memory box for his baby son Oscar. How can he make sense of the last 34 years? How can he anticipate what Oscar might want to know about his father in a future Neil can only imagine? He tries to tell the story of his life from his memories and impressions of love, friends and motorbike rides.
Neil faces Motor Neurone Disease with incredible humor and honesty, determined to share this last stage of his life through a blog, which touched many people. With his posts forming the film’s narration, I Am Breathing tries to listen to Neil as he asks ‘what makes us human’ in the last months of his life.