World Premiere in autumn 2021
About the film
Joonas Berghäll’s latest documentary The Red Ring tells of the tireless struggle against a global tick-borne diseases epidemic.
Joonas suffers from serious chronic Lyme disease, and in the film, he travels around the world to meet fellow sufferers who are struggling with the disease. He meets with the leading experts in the field, hears moving stories, learns of treatments and the answer as to why millions have to suffer from the illness without getting adequate help.
The outcome is a story about the dilemmas in health care and human rights.
Director – Joonas Berghäll
In 2011, a health-related hell that would last nine years began. I was in Kenya filming Mother’s Wish, a film about women’s and girls’ rights.
Forty-eight hours after arriving home, my body failed. I had dozens of symptoms; fever, severe insomnia, headaches, burning sensation in the head, swelling of the stomach and glands, eye and memory problems, brain fog, balance problems, swollen ankles, tingling of the elbows, etc.
World premiere: Autumn 2021
Original Title: The Red Ring
Production Year: 2021
Country of Origin: Finnish
Language Spoken: English, Finnish, German, French, Italian
Duration: 88 min.
Shot On: Digital
Format: DCP 5.1
Director: Joonas Berghäll
Cast: Joonas Berghäll
Director of Photography: Lars Skree, Pini Hellstedt, Tuomo Hutri, Marita Hällfors, Anssi Leino, Jani Kumpulainen
Film Editors: Nils Moström, Timo Peltola
Sound Editors: Kristian Eidnes Andersen, Jukka Nurmela
Script Writers: Joonas Berghäll
Production Company: Oktober Oy
Producers: Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava
Financers: Finnish Film Foundation, YLE, Avek, WG Film, Tondowski Film, Creative Europe, SVT, SFI, Nordic Film & TV Fund, Arte, Film I Skåne
PATIENTS ON THE FILM
WHAT IS IT?
About the Lyme
Bacterium Borrealia burgdorferi causes Lyme disease. It is transferred to humans through the bite of infected ticks and occasionally by other biting insects. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can also spread other tickborne diseases (CDC).
- “In chronic phase of the disease – antibiotics don’t work.”M.D.,Prof. F.DouwesMEDICAL DIRECTOR AND CEO OF THE ST.GEORGE KLINIK
- “It is clearly an epidemic. The epidemic that comes closest is the AIDS-epidemic.”M.D.,Ph.D.Leo J. Shea IIIPRESIDENT OF ILADS
- “We found out in our basic research that borrelia likes to change its shape. It hides itself from the immune system.”Ph.D, CEO, Leona GilbertTE?TED
- “Ötzi is the world’s first known person with Lyme disease.”
Press kit contains The Red Ring documentary film posters and 3 images. (The Red Ring film presskit.zip 42mb)