(85m, U S A) dir. by Jaqai Mickelsen
Omar is living with Sickle Cell Disease; Jaqai has uprooted his life to make a documentary about him. A first-time filmmaker, Jaqai quickly discovers that he’s underestimated just how physically and emotionally debilitating the disease has been for his friend. Meanwhile, Omar is getting a taste of what it’s like to be a reluctant poster child for Sickle Cell when he’d rather be left to his own devices and seek distraction through video games.
Still, Jaqai gets access that only a best friend could. He takes an intimate look at Omar’s everyday life and explores the harsh realities of Sickle Cell — realities that go beyond the significant effects of the disease. Spilled Milk captures straight talk from doctors about the stigmas that can plague African Americans seeking treatment for pain, complicated by the fact that many in the medical field have little experience caring for those with the disorder.
The challenges that arise during the course of making the film bring Omar and Jaqai even closer, especially as Omar faces a life-threatening health scare and a surprisingly difficult decision about pursuing a potential cure.
Screens Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm at Mammal Gallery