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In the Woods

Searching for the light, when darkness falls

A man finds himself lost in a wood, as night is falling. He finds a torch that shines a dim light and helps him move through the trees, looking for a way out of the blackness closing in on him. This is the opening scene of “In the Woods”, the short film commissioned by biopharmaceutical company Dompé to mark World Rare Disease Day, as part of the #fightforlight social media campaign.

“In The Woods”, launched on the occasion of Rare Disease Day 2017, is a video of a man surrounded by darkness and his fight for light. A metaphor for people fighting against rare eye diseases, for whom any progress made by scientific research can be a ray of hope.

Gabriele Mainetti, director of “They Call Me Jeeg”, is the man portraying the plight of people suffering from rare eye diseases. For these people, finding their way “back to the light” is complicated, sometimes leading down the wrong path and involving discomfort, tiredness and difficulties. Just like the protagonist, battling with distress, fatigue and being lost in an unfamiliar forest, searching for the light.

The rays of hope are metaphorically represented by the protagonist waking up the next day with his face bathed in light. “Any advance in research is a ray of hope”: the video ends with this message, to remind us that research can be a weapon to defeat the darkness of disease.

Created by Saatchi & Saatchi, directed by Roberto Saku Cinardi and produced by Think Cattleya, the video is part of a constant commitment by Dompé to focus its research on identifying innovative treatments for rare diseases.

Discover more on Dompé commitment here.

Read the news on the launch of “In the Woods” here.