Oktober Presents
A film by Joonas Berghäll

World Premiere in autumn 2021

SYNOPSIS

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

Director’s word

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.

TRAILER

World premiere: Autumn 2021


Original Title: The Red Ring
Genres: Documentary
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

LAURA

ITALY
Lake of Como

Laura’s fight against Lyme disease.

YOAN

SOUTHERN FRANCE
Bertren

Yoan’s fight against Lyme disease.

DOREENA

SARATOGA SPRINGS
New York

Doreena’s fight against Lyme disease.

JOONAS

FINLAND
Tervola

Joonas’ fight against Lyme disease.
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.Douwes
    MEDICAL 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 III
    PRESIDENT 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 Gilbert
    TE?TED
  • “Ötzi is the world’s first known person with Lyme disease.”

PRESS KIT

Press kit contains The Red Ring documentary film posters and 3 images. (The Red Ring film presskit.zip 42mb)