MIXED MATCH – A Film On The Donor Match ‘Lottery’ For Mixed People

Diversity, Film, Health, Science

Mixed Match is a feature length documentary which follows the stories of mixed patients with fatal blood diseases, facing problems in finding a marrow donor match due to their mixed-race heritage.

Directed by Jeff Chiba Stearns, who also directed ‘One Big Hapa Family‘ (2010) an animation about a Japanese – Canadian family, the film has already won several film festival awards, including the Audience Award at Caamfest 2017, an Asian American film festival in San  Francisco.

The film focuses on the charity Mixed Marrow, which is dedicated to recruiting people of multi-ethnic backgrounds to sign up as donors. They concentrate on this minority as donors are desperately needed, as well as  public knowledge on how to sign up and how it would make a difference.

Using the internet, video, photography and hosting recruitment drives, Mixed Marrow strives to save as many lives as possible by encouraging healthy mixed donors to sign up.

“For mixed patients, their monoracial parents and relatives will not likely match them and siblings only hold about a 1 in 4 chance. Not only is ethnicity a factor, but the probability of which antigens are passed down from each parent makes finding a match that much harder” – Mixed Marrow

The desperate circumstances that those affected find themselves in, prompts them to reflect on their mixed identities and how this could have an effect on their situation.

One woman in the film says that a doctor told her, ‘because you’re half Chinese and you’re half Caucasian, and your ethnic mix is so rare, the chances of you finding a match is one in a million’.

Mixed Match also covers the conflict between those who disagree with the concept of race, opposing the work of Mixed Marrow in finding donors of certain ethnicities.

This gripping, emotional documentary opens your eyes to an important topic that is not widely talked about, but needs to be!

The film is currently being shown at the Cleveland International Film Festival, and you can find out more and watch the trailer here.

To find out more about Mixed Marrow click here to visit their website.

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