Surviving Amina is a resilient and challenging love story about hope in the face of death. It is a compelling life lesson that explores how we construct meaning from events that defy our emotional understanding: the loss of a child.
New York and Italy set the backdrop for this engaging portrait of a family of artists through a three year period marked by the Leukemia diagnosis of their second child, baby Amina, and the aftermath of her death. Shot in a verite style in New York and Italy, Surviving Amina doesn't follow the medical details; it focuses on the emotional journey of the parents as they try to cope with happiness and sorrow, love and contempt, illness and fear. They have to look after a sick baby, whose nature is infectiously happy, while also taking care of their eldest child, who is equally buoyant and magnetic. In stark contrast the parent's relationship turns dark, bitter and antagonistic.
Surviving Amina is not only a chronicle of a dreadful disease; it's a chronology of love and resilience bounded on intimacy, truth and hope. Without ever judging and with immense sensibility it raises disturbing questions about how we confront the most extreme of circumstances.
Official Selection - Visions du Reel 2010
Official Selection - New Filmmakers New York Film Festival 2011
Official Selection - DocsDF 2011
Official Selection - Milano International Film Festival 2012
Honorable Mention - Bayou Inspirational Film Festival 2012
Tags: Health; Cancer; Leukemia; Medicine; New York.