The Pain of Others

Penny Lane

IFFR 2018

Bright Future

  • 71'
  • USA
  • 2018
Morgellons disease first appeared at the start of this century. Sufferers have a crawling sensation under their skin that itches and causes sores. Thin threads grow out of their skin. Symptoms also include loss of hair, loss of concentration and joint pain. Medical science has no explanation for the disease. Specialists insist it’s a psychosomatic complaint, labelling it ‘delusional parasitosis’ or even 'google-chrondria'. Patients apparently convince themselves of the illness, often after having heard about it on the internet. They often share their experiences via YouTube.
Previous documentaries by Penny Lane have also been screened at IFFR, including Our Nixon and NUTS! She compiled The Pain of Others entirely from excerpts from often emotionally-charged short films. That increases sympathy for the misunderstood patients, but also shows how the internet can encourage self-diagnosis. This can result in unnecessary medicalisation and the increasing of already present psychiatric problems. Contemporary media usage leads to mass psychosis.
Director
Penny Lane
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
USA
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
71'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Gabriel Sedgwick / Wishful Thinking LLC
Production Company
Wishful Thinking LLC
Sales
Wishful Thinking LLC
Editor
Penny Lane / Wishful Thinking LLC, Eileen Kennedy
Sound Design
Tom Paul
Music
Brian McOmber, Dave Scanlon