The Stenzel twins

The Stenzel twins

Sisters’ transplant story told in inspirational film

The Power of Two screens at the Vernon Town Cinema on Monday, Aug. 13 with proceeds to the Canadian Transplant Association.

The Vernon Film Society is pleased to sponsor a special presentation, The Power of Two, showing at the Vernon Town Cinema on Monday.

All proceeds will go to the Canadian Transplant Association.

Inspired by their 2007 memoir, The Power of Two offers an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters Anabel Stenzel and Isabel Stenzel Byrnes, their battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis, and their miraculous survival through double lung transplants.

Defying all odds, Ana and Isa have emerged as authors, athletes, and global advocates for organ donation, and their connection to the cystic fibrosis and transplant communities provides rare insight into the struggles – and overlooked joys – of chronic illness.

The twins’ receiving new lungs would have been unlikely in their mother’s native country, Japan, where organ donation rates are strikingly low. At the crux of a rising movement to change laws and stigmas, Ana and Isa embark on a tour of Japan to inspire change in the hearts and minds of a culture resistant to transplantation.

Featuring archival footage and probing expert interviews, this poignant directorial debut of Academy Award nominated Marc Smolowitz presents a multi-faceted portrayal of a society at a tipping point around this triumph of modern medicine.

Back in the U.S., the twins thrive, rejoicing in their ability to breathe with healthy lungs, sharing their story, mentoring others on the same path, and experiencing life milestones.

Evocative without being sentimental, The Power of Two reveals the twins not as heroines but as authentic women who share their fears about mortality and inspire us to make a difference.

The Power of Two will be shown at the Town Cinema Monday at 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. (Note time change.)  Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the theatre and the Bean Scene for $7.