Six Middle-Aged women are learning to live with chronic pain and the associated symptoms of Fibromyalgia (FMS), but nothing compares to living with the shame that comes with this gender specific illness. In a general context of suspicion they live misdiagnosed, overmedicated and accused of exaggerating and faking their disease, but when they meet Dr. Palop and his team of humanist doctors things start to change. Shedding light over the patriarchal structures still operating within spanish society and the medical establishment, this affecting and poetic film with feminist overtones opens a necessary dialogue for the history of wellbeing.
Ruth Somalo is a Spanish filmmaker, curator and researcher based in New York. Ruth has been working in non-fiction for the past 18 years and is the founder and director of Horns and Tails Productions. Ruth has directed and produced 3 feature documentaries (200Km, Till You're Told To Stop and Office 32) and 13 short films. Her work has been shown in theaters, festivals and museums internationally, including the Verdi Cinema Theatre, Cineteca de Madrid, Cines Zoco, Málaga Film Festival, San Sebastian International Film Festival, Cinema du Réel (Paris), ADFF (NY), L'Alternativa (Barcelona), Documentamadrid, MOMA PS1 (Expo1) and at the EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam (Spanish Cinema Without Fear). She often collaborates with other artists and filmmakers as a producer, cinematographer and editor; notably she is a Seventh Annual Television Academy Honoree as a producer for the Web series Screw You Cancer directed by Cathryne Czubek. She joined DOC NYC programming team in 2010 and now also works as Associate Festival Director and Head Programmer of the Human Rights Film Festival IIFF DOCS, and as a programer for DocumentaMadrid & The Architecture and Design Film Festival. As independent curator her latest work includes "Holy Fluids" at Union Docs, "Broken Senses" at the Anthology Film archives/Flaherty NYC and the symposium "The Limit of Our Gaze: Women Filmmakers and Contemporary Documentary in Spain" at King Juan Carlos Center. Ruth often works as a guest lecturer and mentor at NYU and Union Docs and is currently writing her dissertation as a PhD. candidate at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid while she is a member of the research group Hist-Ex at the Spanish National Research Council.