Parkinson’s, the beginning of a colorful journey: the short film of a young Bergamasca at the Social Films Festival Silvia Dusi, of Costa Volpino, has shot a short film on Parkinson’s “Color Your Life”: the work itself is the message of not surrendering or hiding but continuing to struggle and live life to the full.
Silvia shows Parkinson’s in a way that is very communicative and positive, Silvia Dusi of Costa Volpino, a volunteer interpreter at the European Parkinson Therapy Center in Boario Terme, who, with the help of the Cinema Effect Cinema: Film Laboratory independent of Costa Volpino, has shot a short film on this theme, Color Your Life: the work that brings with it the message of not surrending or hiding but continuing to fight and live life to thgee full, despite the presence of Parkinson, is a candidate for the Social Films Festival, a film aimed at raising the awareness of millions of people. Silvia Dusi, a graduate of Modern Languages for Communication and International Cooperation, is now in London and has answered our questions about her experience as a director and about what has left her working with the European Parkinson Therapy Center.
How did you approach the European Parkinson Therapy Center? I knew they were looking for a volunteer who would help to welcome new guests to the center before they started their therapy. Being an international center, it was someone who knew English and I, being a student at the time (I graduated in languages at the University of Bergamo last November), I decided to take this opportunity away from home because I did not want to miss the opportunity to use foreign languages in real situations, other than university lessons, where you know that you have the chance to speak Italian to comrades and professors; On the other hand, I was curious and eager to learn more about Parkinson’s, a disease that today unfortunately still is too little known.
What struck her most during her experience? The energetic atmosphere of positivity that accompanied all the activities of the center: I was responsible for the reception service, but I also had the opportunity to attend individual physical therapy sessions, psychological counseling, support and advice on how to deal with Parkinson’s disease and live without losing the reins of our lives. All these activities basically had the same principle: Parkinson’s is not the end but may be the beginning of a new journey.
What was it like with working with the Director of the Centre Alexander Reed? Alexander Reed was the first to talk about the idea of the short film and his screenplay tips were precious. What I’ve learned working with him is to always be smiling and positive even in the most difficult situations; I was also impressed with the empathy with which he interacted with the guests of the Center, always finding new ways to engage them and stimulate them.