JointHealth™ express   July 15, 2014

“Words and Pictures” and rheumatoid arthritis – Now playing at a theatre near you

Rarely, if ever, have the movies depicted rheumatoid arthritis, but last Friday, the movie “Words and Pictures”, starring Academy Award-winning actress Juliette Binoche, did just that.

Words and Pictures tells the story of an artist – Dina Delsanto, Ms. Binoche’s character – who, challenged by advancing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), had to change the way she painted and deal with the emotional challenges brought on by the disease. This is perhaps the first time a feature film has focused attention on rheumatoid arthritis – an autoimmune disease with hallmark symptoms of inflammation and resulting pain.

Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) Founder, Cheryl Koehn, was thrilled to be called on to assist Ms. Binoche in her preparation for the role, and honoured to be asked to review the script and provide comment to ensure the emotional characterization of RA was as accurate as film would allow. Kudos go to ACE physiotherapy advisor, Dr. Linda Li, who assisted Ms. Binoche with the physical portrayal of her character, and Mr. Otto Kamensek, an arthritis community leader and artist himself, who shared his artistic process and art.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the making of Words and Pictures and the awareness it will raise for RA.