A Documentary Film in the Making:
100% GLUTEN FREE is a documentary film about the rising prevalence of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity worldwide. It investigates the causes for this upsurge and what this means for our future.
The film wants to raise awareness of celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) among the mainstream population in order to increase the celiac disease and NCGS diagnosis rate as much and as quickly as possible. Even today many patients still receive wrong treatments because their physicians don’t consider gluten sensitivity to be the cause for their patients’ ailments. In reality, it still takes six to ten years filled with endless doctors visits and countless pills until a patient finally receives the correct diagnosis and the treatment to most if not all of his or her ailments: a gluten-free diet.
Besides raising awareness, this film hopes to provide educational and emotional support to everyone who has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease or NCGS and feels lost. The film will address as many of the questions as possible that everyone usually asks after the diagnosis, but it will also try to answer those questions that no one thinks to ask but which are crucial for a fast recovery.
The film will talk to people who have celiac disease or NCGS, it will talk to their family members and friends, to leading scientists, clinicians, and dietitians in the field, and much more.
This project is in production.
Production Update from the Director:
I’m sure many of you have been wondering what has been happening with this project and why this production has been moving forward so slowly. As some of you already know, since I eliminated many allergens from my diet, of course including gluten, many of my symptoms have improved, but since then I have also found out that my body is struggling with other diseases such as Hashimoto’s and endometriosis, which are not simply solved with a gluten-free diet. These diseases have cost me a lot of my strength. I’m still working on getting them under control and regaining my energy, which has unfortunately made it impossible for me to focus on this project.
As many of you know, I’m not doing this project for any remuneration but simply because I believe in it. While I’m working on getting my health back on track and continuing my search for answers, I am putting the production of this film on hold until I have the strength to be back on set.
This project is not just about a gluten-free diet. It’s about celiac disease and other autoimmune diseases that wreak havoc in our bodies. Where do they come from? Why is this happening to us? What can we do about these diseases? What is the connection between them? And can we actually put them into remission?
There are more and more voices out there that offer potential answers and solutions. I’m on a journey to explore those voices, to find valuable information in all the noise that is currently spread in innumerous research studies and the media. I will continue to record my experiences, collect different voices, and keep you updated along the way.
To my fellow “autoimmunies,” even if it sometimes feels like there’s no end to this struggle, don’t give up. We’ll keep fighting until we win this battle.