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Tin Soldiers is an award-winning documentary film detailing the rare disease FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva); it is heading to Hollywood


Cape Town, South Africa (05 March 2020)Odette Schwegler, a former Carte Blanche producer, is being praised for her work on a new documentary that is winning international awards.

She has even been nominated in the category “Best Director – Documentary”.

Odette is taking Tin Soldiers, her documentary about FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva) to Hollywood. The Official International Premier of Tin Soldiers will take place at the First Glance Film Festival in North Hollywood!

The film has been highly successful, but for Odette – success is not about the film – it is all about the message it can spread.

The film tells the story of a crippling disease called FOP – a condition so rare, it usually goes undiagnosed. This documentary may change that. A South African film crew trekked across four continents to big cities, small towns, affluent suburbs, and townships to follow FOP patients, their families, and doctors. A journey that has taken the story from Gugulethu to Sao Paulo, Manhattan to Windsor. In just four months Tin Soldiers has been screened to audiences across SA, the US, Spain and Sweden.

FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva), is an ultra-rare medical condition, turning muscle, ligament and tissue into bone. Those born with it are referred to as living statues, or ‘Tin Soldiers’. While the movie focuses on FOP, its purpose is to raise awareness and acceptance of rare diseases across the spectrum – ending isolation and promoting access to improved medical care for thousands of rare disease patients and their families around the world.

Some of the documentaries accolades can be seen listed below.

  • Honourable Mention: Jozi Film Festival 2019
  • Honourable Mention: Hollywood Independent Filmmakers Awards 2019
  • Best Documentary Feature: Cutting Edge Film Festival 2019
  • Award of Excellence: Documentary Feature – Impact Docs Awards 2020
  • Award of Excellence: Disability Issues – Impact Docs Awards 2020
  • Award of Excellence: Disability Issues – Impact Docs Awards 2020
  • Award of Excellence: Health/Medicine/Science – Impact Docs Awards 2020
  • Award of Excellence: Use of film/video for Social Change – Impact Docs Awards 2020
  • Award of Excellence: Woman Filmmakers – Impact Docs Awards 2020

Watch the trailer for the documentary below.

Sources: Odette Schwegler
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