The world premier event for the independent film, appropriately titled Stolen Childhood, took place at Chatham, Ontario's Capitol Theatre on Saturday, October 20th in front of a crowd of approximately 300 guests but the true reach was closer to 18,000 viewers world wide as the film premier was made available via live internet stream.
According to Sara Van Vugt, one of the filmmakers from Novaturient Productions based in the Toronto area, the inspiration to make this film came from a desire to create more awareness about these conditions after viewing home videos of children suffering and getting a glimpse of the pain they were experiencing after many misdiagnoses and ineffective treatments. Van Vugt states "...we wanted to help the kids, at the end of the day."
In addition to the film screening a Q & A panel featuring some of Canada's leading PANDAS/PANS physicians and advocates, Dr. Ayla Wilson of Vancouver, BC, Dr. Wendy Edwards of Chatham, On, Jennifer Davis, Associate Producer of the film, and Dr. Alison Vandenberg of Toronto, On. was also held at the theatre (and on Facebook live) and was sponsored by Sarnia based non profit organization PANDAS/PANS Ontario.
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