A pioneering documentary called “Endo What?” exploring endometriosis premiered March 16 at the SVA Theater in New York City. Co-produced by Patricio Cohn, Shannon Cohn, and Arix Zalace, it will be available for purchase starting March 31 by downloading to a computer or on DVD. For more information, visit its official website here.
The evening included prominent New Yorkers and medical professionals, including endometriosis expert Dr. Iris Orbuch, a surgeon at the Center for Endometriosis Care; well-known physical therapists Dr. Sallie Sarrel and Dr. Amy Stein; and New York orthopedic surgeon Dr. Armin Tehrany. Several celebrities also attended, including actress and model Karen Duffy and Amanda Freitag from the Food Network.
The film features the accounts of endometriosis patients about what they’ve experienced due to their disease, and includes opinions from 30 of the world’s leading experts to offer the most accurate portrait of the disease until now.
The documentary explores the history of endometriosis, as wel as the causes, consequences, and treatment options in an unprecedented way. After the premiere’s screening, guests were able to enjoy a questions and answer session with endometriosis experts and the film’s director, Shannon Cohn.
The documentary is the first step in a comprehensive outreach awareness campaign aimed at informing and educating women and girls who may suffer from the condition, along with healthcare providers and lawmakers around the world. All funds made from the film will support education and advocacy initiatives for patients and informational programs for healthcare providers.
This month’s premiere of “Endo What?” launches a world tour with screenings scheduled in England, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada, besides the United States.
The premier was hosted with the help of sponsors Pelvic Pain Solutions, Diva Cup, Luna Pads, and Clue, according to a press release.
Dr. Beth Schwartz, M.D., is leading an inclusive multidisciplinary clinical program in pediatric and adolescent gynecology to treat girls and young women with problems or questions that they may not see satisfactorily addressed by their pediatrician or adult OB-GYN.
Photo credits: Charlotte Hohorst