My Left Breast

My Left Breast

Documentary (2000) – 59 minutes


Director: Gerry Rogers
Producer: Paul Pope
Cinematographers: Peggy Norman, Nigel Markham et al
Editor: Terre Nash
Music: Paul Steffler


With startling honesty and immediacy, Newfoundland filmmaker Gerry Rogers began filming her ordeal with breast cancer the moment her hair started falling out from chemotherapy. You are with her at four in the morning when she expresses her deepest fears and her most intimate feelings; she takes you to her doctor’s appointments and family gatherings; you are in the chemo room as the toxic red liquid is pumped into her body; you are in the radiation chamber as she gets zapped with the equivalent of 10,000 chest x-rays; you join in the singing and magic of the most joyous Christmas party; you attend the pot-luck wig “hair-raiser” which she organizes in defiance of cancer; you laugh with her as she lies next to a bald-headed seal that rests on a local beach near her Carbonear home. You are there as Gerry lives life with her partner Peggy, who nurses, films, and loves her. You won’t watch this film, you will experience it – and you will never see the world quite the same way again.

Awards, Nominations and Notable Screenings.


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My Left Breast

Produced in Association With

The Canadian Television Fund
Telefilm Canada
Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Newfoundland and Labrador film and Video Tax Credit
The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit


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