Tell Me The Day Backwards

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tell me the day backwardsDocumentary from United States

Length: 53 minutes
Screens: Friday, February 28: Block 1

Directed By: Rachel Ferro
Produced By: Rachel Ferro

Jill and Dan Ward had their first baby in March of 2010. They named her Holly. She was happy and healthy and just as perfect as a new baby could be. Around the age of seven months, Jill and Dan started to notice that she wasn’t reaching the milestones that babies tend to reach around that age. As time went on, Holly began to lose certain skills such as holding her head up, grabbing things, and rolling over. Holly was eventually diagnosed with Tay-Sachs disease, a rare, genetic disorder most commonly found in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. “I was inspired to give Holly a voice that would carry on for much longer than her life here,” Ferro says. “Even though she passed away in March, people will still know what an extraordinary person she was through the sharing of this film.”

Rachel Ferro is a documentary film-maker living and working in Ithaca, NY. Tell Me The Day Backwards is her first feature length film. She is interested in making documentaries that explore the lives of everyday people living through extraordinary experiences, and the taboos and fears that exist around death and dying.

One of the things I love most about documentary is that there are endless ways to tell a story. With a topic as delicate and painful as this one, I spent most of my time figuring out how to tell it in a way that didn’t focus solely on the pain and grief that exists within it, but also embraces the beauty and healing potential that Holly’s memory has to offer.” – Rachel Ferro


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