The acronyms MCS and EHS indicates two controversial diseases: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity. The former makes patients intolerant to exposure to chemical substances, while the latter to that to electromagnetic fields. What’s more, both diseases sometimes develop together. Still few countries have taken up independent researches to tackle the diseases. There is still some perplexity among scientists about the physiological nature and the toxic-environmental causes of these diseases. The Italian situation is especially complicated, since institutions still do not acknowledge both diseases and patient’s rights. Patients who can afford it are actually forced to go abroad for treatments which are not allowed in Italy. The “alternative” is to give up active life, which means job and social relations.
Produced by Officinemedia and directed by Alessandro Quadretti, “SENSIBILE” is the first Italian documentary on this topic which tells the stories of sufferers and caregivers - people obliged to reinvent their lives by facing the changes due to the diseases. By keeping rhetoric and simplistic slogans away, this doc aims at highlighting that environmental diseases are of interest to everyone. An unhealthy, aggressive and inhospitable environment will always be a real threat - even to those who are still healthy.