Watch: ‘Facing the Rising Sun – 50 Years of the Irish Haemophilia Society’

July 30th, 2018

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Irish Haemophilia Society and to mark the occasion we commissioned a 1 hr 15-minute documentary film.

Directed by Swedish – Bosnian writer / director, Goran Kapetanovic, it documents the 50-year history of the I.H.S. and features fully restored archive footage, interviews with members, staff, former staff and volunteers, healthcare professionals and the people connected to this 50-year story.

Beginning in 1968, with the foundation of the society by members of the medical profession, people with haemophilia and their families and friends, to provide support and advice for members and to improve the quality of life for people with haemophilia, the documentary charts the rudimentary but improving treatment of the 1970’s, through to the devastation of the HIV and Hepatitis C contaminated blood scandal – which has led to the death of 112 people with haemophilia from the early 1980s to date – through struggles for safe treatment, compensation and tribunals to today, where Ireland leads the way in improvements to haemophilia treatment and the future looks bright.

We think you’ll agree that Goran has done an amazing job, distilling 50 years of the society into just over an hour of film, and it is an absolute triumph.

Physical formats available on request, please contact Rob in the office on 01 657 9900. 

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