‘Farrah’s Story’ a tale of inner strength
“When cancer intrudes on a placid life, the most important asset to have is an indomitable spirit. That is the lesson Farrah Fawcett learned over months of treatments, anguish and hope, and that is the message she planned to deliver to the world when she invited a camera into her life”, so writes Michael Ventre at the msbnc website.
The documentary “Farrah’s story” which chronicles Fawcett’s fight against cancer, was screened last Friday on NBC. It was her own idea to film her experiences, and she began by using a hand-held video camera. But early on she turned the camera duties over to close friend Alana Stewart, and the result is an uncompromising look at what cancer does to a human being, and what a human being does in retaliation to cancer when she simply won’t submit.
“There were things that I thought were too invasive to film,” Stewart said. “But Farrah said, ‘Film it. This is what cancer is.”
Ventre points out that while as the film shows, it is a benefit to have access to the best doctors in the world, “despite the resources at her disposal, the film emphasizes that cancer is an equal opportunity tormenter.”
Fawcett and doctors did their best to save her iconic hair, not out of vanity but because it stood as a symbol of her strength and defiance. Yet after many treatments, she could hold out no longer. When she finally accepts that her locks are gone in the film, she does so with playfulness and determination to move on. “You wouldn’t stop until you got my hair,” she tells her doctor.
You can read the rest of Ventre’s article here