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I Am Not Alone

David Gaynes
Julia Portale

I Am Not Alone documents the spiritual awakening of Eric Jurado-Diaz, a 56-year old man grappling with how to live fully after a diagnosis of ALS (often known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). This 15-minute documentary short is an intimate view into Eric's life and reflections on the existential challenge of terminal illness, but goes beyond as well to examine his life's journey, from growing up gay in Puerto Rico, coming out in the army, becoming a drag superstar and maturing into domestic life with a husband and three sons. Eric's uncertain future-- with the impending loss of physical mobility-- serves as a clarifying moment as he navigates the denial of close friends, the fulfillment of long-held wishes, the growing acceptance of his family and his own process of loss and acceptance.

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