The Red Ring

(Punainen ympyrä)

Through his own experience with a serious, life-threatening and mysterious disease, Joonas Berghäll reveals the hardships experienced by people with chronic Lyme disease.

Insomnia, muscle pain, joint pain, weakness, fatigue, chest pain, headache, mood swings and brain fog are just a few of the many symptoms that people with chronic Lyme disease have. Well-known filmmaker Joonas Berghäll has been struggling with this diagnosis for a long time. He consulted experts from all over the world about his health, and looked for similarly affected patients who had encountered misunderstanding and denial of the disease. He underwent a number of medical examinations, survived taxing invasive therapy and extremely strong drug treatment, and spent a lot of money. For nine years he tried to heal, and all the while he asked himself and others: What should I do? Why won't anyone help me?

Impact

A tick bite can be more than just a momentary inconvenience. The consequences can be far-reaching and unpredictable. Joonas Berghäll, director of The Red Ring, was confronted with borreliosis, also known as Lyme disease. For many years, doctors were unable to identify what was wrong with his body. They insisted that he was healthy and branded him a malingerer. There are many people like him all around the world. The goal of the Global Lyme Alliance is to raise awareness of the insidious nature of borreliosis and increase the effectiveness of treatment. You can contribute to this cause on the association's website.

About the film

Director: Joonas Berghäll
Finland
2021 | 88 min.

Language: English, Finnish, French, German, Italian

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

International premiere

Category

Right To Know

Director

Joonas Berghäll

Filmography
2021 -The Red Ring
2019 - The Happiest Man On Earth
2015 - Mother's Wish
2010 - Miesten vuoro

Joonas Berghäll

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