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Synopsis: “‘How I Live’ follows the journey of four children with cancer in Guatemala, El Salvador, Myanmar and Egypt. Moving between diagnosis and treatment, the complex issues facing the children, families and healthcare providers emerge. The film documents the difficulties not only of cancer treatment but also the physical and geographic obstacles to accessing care and how these can be the most daunting to overcome. We meet the healthcare teams who know and understand what those challenges look like for families of children with cancer and are working to provide quality care to their patients in the face of adverse conditions. Weaving together four years of filming and stories from disparate corners of the globe.”


Human Rights, Health, Global, Work, Ethno, Family, Relations


Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish

Run Time

86 minutes



Directed by

Meghan Shea

Produced by

Michael Rogers
Irini Albanti

Director's Bio

“Meghan has over a decade of experience creating films. Double based in Boston and Singapore she is a co-founder of Persistent Productions where she works as a director, producer and head of documentary development. She draws from a background in the arts to create work that examines issues from multiple viewpoints and global perspectives. Her work brings attention to subjects of great complexity and urgency. Meghan graduated with a Master’s in Fine Arts from the George Washington University during which time she was a fellowship for EJS Women’s Leadership Program.

2019 HOW I LIVE (86 min, documentary, feature)
2017 FROM THE INSIDE OUT (52 min, documentary, full length) 2016 UNDER THE TURBAN (89 min, documentary, feature)
2016 STEP BY STEP (12 min, documentary, short)
2011 IN THE SPIRIT OF LAXMI (30 min, documentary, short)
2010 SHOOTING FOR DEMOCRACY (59 min, documentary, full length)”

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year


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