Film Independent

Mercy

Directed by Armando Kirwin

Key Collaborators: Ruben Plomp, Oculus for Good
Country: Cameroon, USA
Runtime: 10 minutes

Our story begins with Edith, a 14-year-old girl who lives in the village of Centre Lobo with her parents and eight siblings. At the age of seven, Edith started to feel a pain in the side of her face. The pain eventually grew into a tumor the size of a lemon on her lower right jaw. Edith is mocked and teased at school, and even accused of being the victim of witchcraft. Despite the hardships she faces, Edith is notably happy and playful. We follow Edith as she travels by foot through the jungle for days in order to have life-transforming surgery.