Alkaptonuria: A Rare Story Of Hope

I had the pleasure of working with the AKU Society as a sound recordist and editor on a short film in the latter half of 2021. It was about how they successfully managed to find the resources to create a treatment for Alkaptonuria, a very rare inherited disorder. Diseases, rare genetic disorders and disabilities are subjects that I’m interested in and I’m always keen on learning new things. I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to use my skills in order to bring this story to life.

Alkaptonuria (AKU): A Rare Story of Hope was first projected to a live audience on the 25th of November 2021. The date has an important significance to the AKU community, as it is the birthday of the late Sir Archibald Garrod, an English physician who was the first to describe AKU as an inherited disease. The film was very well received by the audience, shedding some tears in some people’s eyes. On the 2nd of December 2021, it was published on the AKU Society’s YouTube channel and website in order to share it and spread more awareness about this life-saving drug.

This is one of the films I am most proud of, because of the importance of this story. It brings hope not only to the AKU community, but also to people with rare genetic diseases from all around the world. That, to me, is very inspiring.

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