Denis Mckenzie, a proud and independent family man from Jamaica, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 43. The disease eventually renders him almost completely paralysed and speechless. Given five years to live, Denis tries, with the assistance of his wife, to fight the aggressive and emaciating illness. Interspersed with imaginative recreations, Denis is a touching, uplifting testament to the dogged and indomitable character of the human spirit.
(60mins) | Jamaica
Gabrielle Blackwood was born in Jamaica and has an MA in Screen Production. Her short film, Grave Digger (ttff/12), won the Geoff Evans Award for Excellence in Screen Production in New Zealand and also screened at the 2012 Havana Film Festival. She was one of ten participants in the RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion at ttff/13.