Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

The Pain of Others + Q&A (2018)

Location BFI Southbank, Director Penny Lane, Country USA, Duration 71, Date Event has passed

Morgellons disease is a medical mystery. Although doctors have no explanation for the condition, thousands of sufferers claim to experience a persistent crawling sensation under their skin, thin fibres growing out of their body and a host of other symptoms. Penny Lane dives head first into the online community of Morgellons patients re-working candid home-videos uploaded to YouTube by three women who are afflicted with the disease. The Pain of Others explores the slippery ideas around self-diagnosis, empathy and online support networks but Lane’s original and unsettling film refuses to offer answers to any of its own questions.

+ Q&A with director Penny Lane, hosted by Lauren Wissot (critic and programmer)

A festival party will follow in the BFI Blue Room, from 7pm – 11pm.