Directed by Jenny Mackenzie
77 min | 2019 | USA | Not Rated
However Long was supported through our Fiscal Sponsorship program.
How would you live your life if you discovered you had an incurable disease? How would you face your family and friends? What would be at the top of your bucket list? These are the critical questions addressed in However Long.
This film is an intimate portrait of four women living with metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer and the unique support group at the Huntsman Cancer Institute that connects them all. The film follows these women as they cope with their fatal diagnosis, navigate treatment with their medical teams, and attempt to live in the moment with their families and friends.
At the world renowned Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, a new monthly support group for women with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) gathers. Lisa Gauchay, the group’s social worker and facilitator, started the group after recognizing that there weren’t enough resources for women with MBC. She lost her own mother to cancer, and has a tremendous amount of empathy and insight into the end of life journey. Lisa, Amanda, Barb, and Patty meet in the group, and we follow their individual stories at home, in their personal lives, and in the support group for over two years.
Even when women have access to top medical treatment and adequate health insurance, there is no cure for MBC. Approximately 30% of women with breast cancer will be diagnosed with MBC. The mean survival rate is three years. Despite almost thirty years of corporate “pink” campaigning, there is not enough research or awareness prioritizing MBC. In the last 40 years the MBC death toll of 40,000 people annually has not decreased significantly.
Official Selection: 2019 DOCUTAH Festival, 2019 Heartland Film Festival