THIS IS ENDOMETRIOSIS is an ongoing campaign to document lives lived with chronic pain and repeat surgeries. Scroll down to read more about the This Is Endometriosis movement and the work we have created so far.
Endometriosis Awareness Month in March 2023 is soon approaching, and we have ambitious plans to continue our fight for validation, representation and education. In our last call for donations, we were funding to create the This Is Endometriosis film. Our documentary short has now been completed and premiered at Hot Docs film festival this year. Thank you so deeply to all who supported this project with your donations and sharing our campaign, your help meant so much more was possible in the creation of a film we’re incredibly proud of, and we hope you will be too.
During March for Endometriosis Awareness Month, we are bringing our film to the public, and we’re asking for donations so we’re able to do this with as much impact as possible. We want to be as loud as we can, and create lasting awareness. Donations will be used to:
Create a website with up to date and accurate information about endometriosis, alongside a page for community and information about all of the This Is Endometriosis work
Fund physical and social advertising aimed at raising awareness of endometriosis and promoting community, while also bringing attention to the This Is Endometriosis film where audiences can learn more
Recoup costs for creating the This Is Endometriosis film that were incurred by our team
A fair wage for those who contributed to this campaign - if we receive enough funding, we would like to pay a fair wage to all who have generously given their talent and time to this project
Alongside crowdfunding, we are also looking for sponsor partnerships.
WHAT IS THE THIS IS ENDOMETRIOSIS MOVEMENT?
This Is Endometriosis began as a photographic project by Georgie Wileman, born out of a need to feel represented, the project consists of a combination of self portraits and photographs of others with the disease that shows the reality of endometriosis in a way that hadn’t been shown in the media before.
A self-portrait of Georgie’s abdomen titled ‘2014-2017’, where her scars from endometriosis surgeries were dated and connected in pen, was included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. From there, the project was published globally, including titles such as Forbes, The Independent, Glamour, British Journal of Photography, Refinery29, Cosmopolitan, Washington Post and many more.
In 2019 during Endometriosis Awareness Month, Georgie launched an organic social media campaign where she asked others who lived with endometriosis to replicate her self-portrait‘ 2014-2017’, connecting their scars with a line and dating each scar with the years they were opened, and reopened.
The social media campaign received over 2,000 submissions from across the world and picked up global press, including the Today Show, CNN, Vanity Fair, Women’s Health, and many others.
THE THIS IS ENDOMETRIOSIS FILM
In 2020 Georgie posted a call for volunteers to create the next stage of the work, a This Is Endometriosis film. A large team formed with volunteers across the world, many of whom are living with the disease themselves. The This Is Endometriosis film completed shooting in 2022, Co-Directed by Georgie Wileman and Matt Houghton, Produced by Harriette Wright, Cinematography by Anna Macdonald and music by Vanbur, our short documentary film premiered at Hot Docs film festival in May this year.
THIS IS ENDOMETRIOSIS is an intimate, expressive film about how endometriosis has robbed Georgie Wileman of time. Told in the first-person and blending present-day narrative with memories from the past, the film is a uniquely personal account with unprecedented access. Combining deeply private, self-documented material, intimate family archive, traditional observational footage and a collection of reconstructive memories, the film tells the story of a young photographer’s battle to stay in the present while facing a wall of disbelief. Seen through the lens of Georgie’s beautiful, brutal photography, THIS IS ENDOMETRIOSIS is a human insight into the realities of living with the disease and a story about the power of community.
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