My Gold Lining: A Documentary Film on Hidradenitis Suppurativa

My Gold Lining: A Documentary Film on Hidradenitis Suppurativa“My Gold Lining” (MGL), is a medical documentary and (the first of its kind) delving into the lives of two African-American women battling a debilitating skin condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). HS is a chronic skin condition that produces recurring lumps in places such as the armpits, groin, back, thighs, buttocks, and stomach. Researchers estimate the condition affects 1-4% of the population with a majority being women and women of color.

One of the women featured is a beauty influencer from Maryland who was diagnosed with HS in high school. She learns to navigate being a beauty influencer and also being diagnosed with a disease that impacts the skin negatively. The second woman featured is Jasmine Espy. Jasmine’s story explores how naturopathic medicine can be a treatment modality for some patients with HS. She also explores how art has helped her to heal traumatic medical experiences and harness her courage and beauty.

As we navigate diagnosis, treatment, and social lives, audiences are introduced to how HS affects patients’ quality of life beyond the research that’s currently available. Dermatologists, psychologists, and naturopathic physicians weigh in on the conversation to help the audience understand the science behind HS. It all ties together as an education and awareness piece for both patients and viewers who are unaware of the effects and existence of Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

Directed by Jasmine Espy (USA)

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