NEWS: "A howl of desperation for those who cannot howl themselves"
Review of “Voices from the Shadows,” a UK documentary about Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or ME, also called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
From a review on the website of the Chicago Sun-Times, Feb. 10, 2012
Written by Scott Jordan Harris, of the UK, who is sometimes bedridden by ME.
“Visions from the Shadows” isn’t technically or artistically impressive. It isn’t the bold new work of a brave new film-maker. It is a howl of desperation from co-directors Natalie Boulton and Josh Biggs – the mother and brother of a young woman with ME – on behalf of those who cannot howl themselves. Much of it consists simply of people sitting and talking about ME. What makes this invaluable is that the things they say are seldom said. Or rather, they are seldom listened to.
No documentary has ever devastated me like “Voices from the Shadows.” Unless you are an ME-sufferer, it’s unlikely to have quite such a powerful effect on you – and I am glad of that. I couldn’t in good conscience urge people to see a film that would do to them what “Voices from the Shadows” did to me.
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