Events on Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Bright Lights: Homesick- Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity with director Susan Abod
Nov520137:00 pm - 9:00 pmParamount Center
Bright Family Screening Room
Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a chronic condition marked by greatly increased sensitivity to many different chemicals, such as new paint, carpeting, cosmetics, tobacco smoke, pesticides, automobile exhaust, gas stoves, and many commercial household-cleaning products, among other things.
Although women are affected more often than men, MCS occurs in people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds.
People who live with MCS commonly suffer from debilitating symptoms provoked by chemical exposures. These symptoms include shortness of breath, migraines, gastrointestinal problems, aching joints and muscles, weakness, memory loss, impaired balance and concentration problems and even seizures and anaphylactic shock. There is no known cure for MCS.
The biggest issue for those with MCS is creating a safe home environment where chemical exposures are minimal.
In Homesick, Susan takes viewers on a road trip to experience how drastically MCS has altered the lives of its victims. Through her extensive research, which includes over thirty interviews, Susan explores the lives of doctors, architects, teachers, housewives, and students living with this disease. She takes us into these brave survivors' non-toxic homes, which include tents, a house on stilts and a teepee. Susan is the connecting thread between these stories as she narrates the journey from her MCS-accessible van.
Homesick explores the daily struggle of people with MCS. It takes us into their homes to show just how debilitating this disease is and how difficult and imperative it is for chemically sensitive people to find and keep safe housing. Because Susan herself has extensive chemical sensitivities, the film is a thoughtful, compassionate, and sometimes even humorous look at life with MCS.
A discussion with director Susan Abod and cinematographer and VMA faculty Laurel Greenberg will follow the screening.