Synopsis: Filipe is only 36 when he suffers a stroke performing on stage with his heavy metal band. Believing that live music will help his recovery, and frustrated by his aphasia, a communication disorder brought on by stroke, Filipe attempts to reconnect with the world by visiting music festivals dressed as a bunny rabbit.
After showing signs of improvement, the stress and anxiety caused by his ambition plunge him into depression and epilepsy. He perseveres, but a new diagnosis of bipolar disorder lands him in hospital, following a dramatic and confusing visit to the United States.
As he learns to accept that bunny will always be with him, Filipe finally gets a grip on reality when a fresh ray of hope gives him a new perspective.
In dealing with Filipe and slowly becoming friends in the process, I realised that the effects of a stroke don’t just disappear once the actual ‘brain attack’ is over. The effects can last many years, often a lifetime.
I was also unaware of just how many stroke survivors develop mental health conditions – in case of Filipe, depression and bipolar disorder, on top of epilepsy. So I hope to raise some new awareness in people with this film, and to improve the relationship of stroke survivors with their loved ones and friends.
By getting as closely as possible to the human experience of someone who has endured it all, I aim to make people understand on a deeper, more emotional level what every stroke survivor is going through.
Markus is a German director based in London. Due to his interest in human stories and destinies, and after having directed commercials and dramas for the past five years, his focus has naturally shifted towards documentaries. The emotional involvement conveyed by real people, living real stories, intrigue him intrinsically and inspire his narratives. Besides ‘Volver a Nacer – Born Again’ he is currently in post-production on another documentary called ‘Mind Mending’ set in Portugal, California and the UK, about a young stroke victim’s recovery through music.
Markus has a reputation for spotting great characters and revealing their inner worlds. His films are often directed with visual flair, creating extensive moods, helped by carefully crafted soundscapes and original soundtracks.