THE FAMILY LEGACY
25 Minute Drama. Released on DVD
Director/Producer/Editing: Jane Thorburn
THE FAMILY LEGACY explores the impact that the birth of a child with Sickle Cell disease has on four generations of the same family. As they struggle with decisions around screening and overcome their misconceptions and superstitions the individual family members come to understand what the baby will mean for each of them.
The story is drawn from the real life experiences of people living with Sickle Cell and their carers.
Funded by the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalasaemia Screening programme THE FAMILY LEGACY takes the form of a 25 minute home video drama. The aim is to increase awareness and challenge taboos, superstitions and religious beliefs surrounding Sickle Cell disease without seeming confrontational to men or alienating different faith groups and generations.
Inspired by the popularity of Nigerian home video dramas I explored ways of creating a story that would appeal to the original target audience of West Africans living in London. The aims were to produce a programme that would motivate people to watch in their own homes and in normal social gatherings.
Broadcast Television Transmissions. From October 2009
Documents prepared by the Sickle Cell Society for the NHS Sickle Cell Screening programme about the success and reach of the 'The Family Legacy' drama'
The great Nigerian director Tunde Kelani explains how ‘The Family Legacy’ inspired him to make his own film about sickle cell disease.
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