The story opens in a hospital. The protagonist is a young 35-year-old woman, Linda, who finds herself retracing the complex relationships of her family when she was a teenager: her, her mother, her brother. As in a dream, however, through flashbacks and Sliding Doors-style narratives, Linda has the possibility of rewriting her past to fix what went wrong. She included the prevention of cervical cancer which due to a distraction had not been done when she was younger. It is no coincidence that the short film is titled “Rewrite”: a light and dreamlike modern fairy tale promoted by MSD Italia and created by Brandon Box to convey, through cinematographic language, many messages including that on prevention, in particular of tumors caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). The work, which had the authorization of the Ministry of Health and the patronage of SItI – Italian Society of Hygiene, Preventive Medicine and Public Health, was presented at the Rome Film Festival last October and is now available on Discovery+ (at this link or from SkyQ and Smart TV).
The short is aimed at everyone: young people and adults (whether they are parents or not) and brings to the screen episodes, emotions and misunderstandings that many families with teenage children have in common. The objective is to stimulate reflection on the risks associated with HPV infection, which is the most frequent sexually transmitted infection of all. This virus has also been classified as the second leading cancer-causing pathogen in the world, capable of causing cancers of the cervix (or neck), anus, vagina, vulva, penis, oral cavity, pharynx and larynx. Thanks to vaccination and early diagnosis (via Pap test and HPV test), however, today it is possible to prevent HPV-related tumors and even achieve the elimination of some of these neoplasms, as hoped by the WHO and the Ministry of Health , which has included the prevention of cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases among its priority objectives in the National Vaccine Prevention Plan 2023-2025.