Nov. 2021

Your Labs Are Normal

Your Labs Are Normal is a powerful autobiographical short film highlighting one woman’s struggle with chronic Lyme disease, a widely misunderstood and politicized illness that affects thousands of people every year. When Rhisa, an otherwise healthy woman in her 20s, falls ill with debilitating headaches, fatigue, and chronic pain, she and her loved ones search New York for a diagnosis. Even as Rhisa’s health deteriorates, doctors insist that her lab tests don’t indicate illness. Wracked with pain and dismissed by healthcare professionals, she falls into despair until a chance encounter with a nurse finally gives Rhisa her answer: for years, she’s been suffering from undiagnosed Lyme disease. The story is only made more compelling by the fact that it’s completely rooted in personal experience— writer/director Rhisa Parera bares her soul as she recounts her own decades-long battle with chronic Lyme, and the result is a subtle, delicate, and moving story of chronic illness, endurance, and the complex failings of our healthcare system.


New York City theatrical premiere + Oscar-qualifying run

The Lyme documentary “The Quiet Epidemic” will have a week of Oscar-qualifying screenings at the IFC Center in New York City—with an opening night on Thursday, December 1.

According to the filmmakers, “This is a unique opportunity to build buzz around Lyme disease in one of the world’s largest cities, and to celebrate the completion of this film’s festival circuit.”

See below for ways you can view this important film.

Upcoming *VIRTUAL* and in-person screenings

1. Hamptons International Film Festival

In-person screening + Q&A: Sunday, October 16th @ 11:00 AM, Regal UA East Hampton (tickets)

2. New Haven Documentary Film Festival

In-person screenings: Sunday, October 16th @ 7:00 PM (tickets) and Saturday, October 22nd @ 12:30 PM, Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas (tickets)

3. Twin Cities Film Festival

Online (in the U.S.): Thursday, October 20th – Saturday, October 29th (virtual tickets)

4. SCAD Savannah Film Festival (Georgia)

In-person screening + Q&A: Monday, October 24th @ 1:00 PM, SCAD Museum of Art (tickets)

5. DOCUTAH International Film Festival

In-person screenings + Q&As: Thursday, November 3rd @ 11:00 AM (tickets) and Friday, November 4th @ 4:50 PM (tickets)

6. Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival

In-person screening: Saturday, November 12th @ 9:00 AM (tickets)


In-person screening + Q&A: Saturday, November 12th @ 11:15 AM, Cinépolis Chelsea (tickets)
Online (in the U.S.): Sunday, November 13th – Sunday, November 27th  (virtual tickets)

8. Oscar-qualifying Run *Opening Night* at the IFC Center

In-person screening + Q&A: Thursday, December 1st, IFC Center (time + tickets TBD)

Click below to watch the film’s trailer:

For more:

TV Specials on Lyme

There’s been some excellent coverage in the past few years on tick-borne illness, yet nothing changes.
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