Coming to theatres this Friday, June 23:
ALL THE RAGE (SAVED BY SARNO)
Michael Galinsky, Suki Hawley, and David Beilinson
DOC NYC 2016
BAFICI, San Francisco DocFest, Chicago Underground, Big Sky Doc
A doctor’s controversial approach to treating back pain upends the medical establishment.
Filmmaker Michael Galinksy once suffered from crippling back pain. After conventional treatments proved ineffective, he was directed to read the work of Dr John Sarno, who championed a re-evaluation of chronic pain as psychosomatic in nature. Though often dismissed by his peers, Sarno’s work found its champions in those it helped. Similarly finding success in Sarno’s approach, Galinsky and his collaborators set out to tell the physician’s story, only to find the project stalled due to a lack of funding. Years later, after the death of his father, Galinsky’s pain returned, providing an impetus to revisit the Sarno project, explore his treatment’s effectiveness, and try to give the polarizing figure a platform. The filmmakers effectively balance the personal and the broader elements of the story, and, depending on how much the audience buys into Sarno’s approach, suggest larger implications for both the health care system and for how conventional medical opinion treats unorthodox thinking.