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A Life Without Pain

Could we survive if we never felt pain? This 2005 documentary looks at three families who face that question when their children are born with a rare disorder. From the moment of birth, these girls face a frightening array of dangers. They scratch themselves raw, chew their fingers to bloody pulp during teething, and injure themselves in myriad ways. This is so sad it is frankly hard to watch, but director Melody Gilbert has a gift for interviewing, exploring with great subtlety the families' varying responses to this lifelong challenge. In English and subtitled Norwegian and German. 65 min.

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