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Indestructible
(ON DEMAND)

DIRECTED BY - Ben Byer

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Diagnosed with ALS, a fatal neurodegenerative disease, 31 year-old Ben Byer begins documenting his life on camera. What begins as a series of video diaries grows into a three-year journey as he searches for answers, and maybe even a cure.

Joined by his childhood friend Roko Belic (Academy Award™ nominee, Genghis Blues) as his cameraman, Ben takes the audience on a daring first-person ride through the world of ALS. As he meets with medical experts and other ALS sufferers, Ben reveals a hidden world in which people struggle to stand, to speak, and to remain alive as they await the breakthrough that might save them. In China, Ben meets the inventor of an herbal compound that may prolong his life, an All-American weightlifter with ALS trying to cure himself through Tai Chi and acupuncture, fortune-tellers, monks and many others. When he discovers a radical fetal-cell transplant procedure in Beijing, Ben must decide if the operation’s potential to restore his body outweighs its danger.

 

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Film Info

RUNTIME - 113 minutes

RATING - Not Rated

YEAR - 2008

FORMAT - DVD Region 1

COUNTRY - United States, Jamaica, China, Israel, Egypt, Greece

LANGUAGE - English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tibetan, Greek

SUBTITLES - English

ATTRIBUTES - Color, Anamorphic

Director

Ben Byer

Producer

Rebeccah Rush

Editor

Tim Baron

Cinematographer

Roko Belic

Sound

Dave Suycott

Composer

Alison Chesley

FESTIVALS

Press

“Indestructible is a stirring narrative, a movie of epic dramatic force that holds its

own with the best of any major work of cinema.”

-Beverly Berning, Culture Vulture

“An intimate, lacerating, absorbing visual diary of the three-year onset of terminal disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in aspiring filmmaker Ben Byer, Indestructible is an immersive, edifying journey of acceptance, setback and

strength.”

-Eddie Cockrell, Variety

 

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