The Road Rebellion at The CIFF39

The Road Rebellion received an early screening at the 39th Cleveland International Film Festival this week. Filmmaker and Teen Cancer America ambassador, Hernan Barangan, debuted an advanced version of his full-length documentary in the Ohio Shorts Program.

Hernan Barangan in Nashville, TN. One stop in his journey to film one teen or young adult affected by cancer in all 50 states.
Hernan Barangan in Nashville, TN. One stop in his journey to film one teen or young adult affected by cancer in all 50 states.

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Originally posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers

The CIFF may be an international film festival—with films from 60 countries—but few programs hit closer to home than our Ohio Shorts programs. These are short films made by or about people (or issues) from Ohio, or shot in Ohio, representing some of the best locally grown talent.

Hernan Barangan’s “The Road Rebellion” is connected to a larger series of videos that he has been producing for the last few years under the umbrella of “The Cancer Rebellion.” A cancer survivor himself, he teamed up with Teen Cancer America “because I realized that the one thing that’s common to nearly every young cancer patient is the fact that they are horribly isolated. This was a huge part of my own experience when I was going through treatment, and I struggled with it for many years after I beat cancer.”

Photo by Nanekia Morgan. L-R: Jake Thomas ("Hotwire"), Hernan Barangan ("The Road Rebellion"), and Erin Brown ("Hotwire") are ready for action!
Photo by Nanekia Morgan. L-R: Jake Thomas (“Hotwire”), Hernan Barangan (“The Road Rebellion”), and Erin Brown (“Hotwire”) are ready for action!

His special Cleveland connection is with Char and Chuck Fowler, who established the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Institute at Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

“Teens and young adults must have access to age-appropriate cancer treatment,” he explains. “This is the first step to ensuring that they get through treatment and move past it to live healthy lives.”

Once he finishes his tour of the nation, he plans to assemble a video library and a feature film “that people can turn to for hope,” and that will also serve as a call to arms.

For more on the CIFF visit www.clevelandfilm.org

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