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The Faces of Lafora

The documentary "Faces of Lafora" is a film adaptation of a fight for finding a cure for one of the most serious childhood diseases in the world, Lafora disease. This most severe and rarest form of human epilepsy takes lives of children all around the world. Although it has been more than a century since the disease was first described, pharmaceutical companies and public funds were not interested enough in funding the research, because this is a rare disease. All the burden, to fund the research that will help to find a cure for this disease, is on Lafora associations and families around the world whose children are condemned to a death sentence. For each of them, time is running out.
One family decided not to stop until Lafora is erased from the face of the Earth. Fighting against much stronger enemy, the family Gajic from Bosnia and Herzegovina makes the impossible, possible in order to save the lives of their children. On the other side of the world, in Canada, professor Minassian and his team of researchers are trying to find a cure for this deadly disease for more than a decade. Although wounded in the cruellest way you can imagine, the family Gajic, with incredible persistence and superhuman efforts, raise money to find a cure for this disease, thus becoming one of the world's largest donors.

The efforts of a family to set the planet in motion and the enthusiasm of the world's leading scientists, will be merged into the incredible power of the human spirit, which push the boundaries in the world of science and shows that nothing is impossible.

From an Academy Award Nominated Director Atom Egoyan

”This film takes us on a journey which is unique, showing a face of humanity and hope which is precious and rare”

  • Denis Bojic
  • Denis Bojic
  • Filip Mladjenovic
  • Prof Berge Minassian himself
    Key Cast
  • Dr Vinciane Pirarde herself
    Key Cast
  • Dr Snjezana Gajic herself
    Key Cast
  • Vitomir Gajic himself
    Key Cast
  • Elizabeth Letort herself
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lica Lafore
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    80,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Country of Filming:
    Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, France, Serbia
  • Language:
    English, French, Serbian
  • Shooting Format:
    HD 1920 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16 9
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Peloponnisos International documentary Festival 2018 -official selection

    Greece premiere
  • San Diego,Ionis Pharmaceuticals -special screening
    San Diego
    United States
    November 17, 2017
    Special screening
  • The Yugoslav Film Archive-special screening
    May 25, 2017
    special screening
  • European Parliament -special screening
    December 13, 2017
  • International Film Festival Prvi kadar
    Bosnia and Herzegovina
    November 10, 2017
  • Jihlava Film Festival East Silver Market
  • Deali international film festival-
    Russian Federation
    July 18, 2018
  • -International Documentary Festival of Ierapetra
    August 23, 2018
    2 best international movie
Distribution Information
  • RTRS
    Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Denis Bojic

Denis Bojic was born on October 13, 1981 in Bjelovar, Croatia. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka, Department of Journalism. He defended his master's thesis in the field of political analytics - civil society as the subject of democratic processes in Bosnia and Heryegovina. He gained his experience in journalism working for several newspapers and TV stations. Since 2013, he is a member of the Documentary Department in Radio Television of Republic of Srpska. He is the autor of numerous social reports from the region and Europe.
He is a writer and director of the documentary “Vukovar blues“ and feature award-winning documentary film “The Children” and “The Faces of Lafora “

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