Leave Them Laughing – CIFF review

Monday, 11 October, 2010

Leave Them Laughing

In Leave Them Laughing, a documentary about Carla Zilbersmith, a Canadian comedian diagnosed with ALS (commonly known as Lou Gerhig’s Disease), the Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky managed to make dying funny. Leave Them Laughing achieved the unthinkable by making the audiences laugh, giving us a chance to know the funny Carla and learnto appreciate the lives we have.

Leave Them Laughing is one of the films that made me laugh and touched my heart the most in the 2010 Calgary International Film Festival. I highly recommend you go check out the film. According to the film’s website, the film is back in Calgary on Oct 21, 2010 for a fund raising screening.

You can check out Carla’s blog here. And a loving eulogy by Maclen, Carla’s son. And here is Carla’s Final Video – Blog From Heaven. And I warn you, it is really funny. :)

P.S. I previously worried that there might be some problems with audio quality. After watching the film, I think I worried unnecessary.


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