Community Film Event

The ISN Community Film Event: Share Your Kidney Care Story

Stories are as important as the people telling them.

Throughout the years, the ISN has presented dozens of challenging but inspirational accounts of people affected by kidney diseases told with compassion and courage.


6th ISN Community Film Event: Kidney Stories From All Around the World – In collaboration with World Kidney Day

Help raise awareness and improve understanding of the reality of living with kidney disease by sharing your story at the ISN Community Film Event.

Storytelling is a powerful way to inform, educate, and inspire change. Previous editions have recognized the inspirational hope and courage of dedicated healthcare professionals and their patients fighting to live well with kidney disease. Over the years, more than 130 stories from over 40 countries have been shared, and, more than 17,500 votes have been cast by the ISN, WCN and WKD communities to elect the best films.

Previous participants submitted a film to:

  • Advocate for their patients
  • Share their hospital experience
  • Highlight kidney issues in their regions
  • Thanks unrecognized heroes
  • Support their causes

Share your story and make a difference in the lives of people living with kidney diseases and those who care for them. All submitted films will be added to the ISN Community Film Event Map showcasing kidney stories from all around the world.

Find more information about how to submit your film HERE.


“2024 ISN Film Community Best Film” winner
Local Strengths for Local Weaknesses: A Lifeline to Wellassa
Submitted by:Dr. Udana Ratnapala, CKD Prevention Task Forece, Monagarala, Sri Lanka
“2024 WKD Best Film” winner
An act of love, the first kidney transplant with a living donor in the history of medicine in Nariño
Submitted by:Dr. Andrea Caicedo, Fundacion Hospital San Pedro, Pasto, Colombia
Kidney Care UK Supporting Kidney Patients at the British Transplant Games
Submitted by:
Fiona Loud, Kidney Care UK, UK
Making It Possible
Submitted by:Dr. Randall Lou Meda, Fundanier, Guatemala
Prep for Change
Submitted by:Alfredo Moreno, La Isla Network, Washington, USA
The Rising Phoenix: Peritoneal Dialysis Keeping the Dreams Alive for Award-winning Baritone
Submitted by:Dr Medha Airy, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA
“2023 ISN Film Community Best Film” winner
Submitted by:S. SHANMUGHAM, G. Krishnan, C. Thirumavalavan, R. Sethuraman (KG Hospital, Nephrology, Coimbatore, India)
“2023 WKD Best Film” winner
Submitted by:J. Restrepo (Fundacion Valle Del Lili, Department of Pediatrics, Cali, Colombia), J.M. Forero Delgadillo (Fundacion Valle Del Lili, Department of Pediatrics, Cali, Colombia), V.A. Ochoa Jiménez (Fundacion Valle Del Lili, Department of Pediatrics, Cali, Colombia), M.D.P. Duque Guevara (Fundacion Valle Del Lili, Department of Pediatrics, Cali, Colombia), A. Montenegro (Fundacion Valle Del Lili, Department of Communications, Cali, Colombia), M.I. Sánchez Vélez (Fundacion Valle Del Lili, Department of Communications, Cali, Colombia)
Submitted by:
R. Agyekum (King’s College NHS Foundation Trust, Renal, Petts Wood, United Kingdom)
Submitted by:N. Frakes (Fresenius Medical Care, Semmelweis University Dialysis Station, Budapest, Hungary); M. Frakes ( Budapest, Hungary)
Submitted by:R. SAPIR-PICHHADZE (McGill University, Medicine, Montréal, Canada)
Submitted by:K.P. Pyar (Khin Phyu Pyar/ISN/Myanmar, Department of medicine and Department of Nephrology – Defence Services Medical Academy- Yangon-Myanmar, Yangon, Myanmar)
Submitted by:T. Kanjanabuch (Faculty of Medicine- Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Center of Excellence in Kidney Metabolic Disorders, Pathum Wan, Thailand), S. Purisinsith (Health Department- Bangkok Metropolitan Administration- Bangkok- Thailand, Health Department, Bangkok, Thailand), S. Tungsanga (Division of Nephrology- Department of Medicine- Faculty of Medicine- Chulalongkorn University- Bangkok 10330- Thailand., Department of Medicine- Faculty of Medicine, Bangkok, Thailand), T. Saejew (Faculty of Medicine- Chulalongkorn University, Center of Excellence in Kidney Metabolic Disorders, Bangkok, Thailand)


“2022 ISN Film Community Best Film” winner

For Some the Wait Never Ends
J. Meyyappan (Senior Resident, Nephrology, Lucknow, India), N. Prasad, V. Vamsidhar, S. Sabarinath  (Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Nephrology, Lucknow, India)

“2022 WKD Best Film” winner

Ilan Lavi Donates a Kidney – And Gets a Happiness Transplant
Submitted by:W. Wasser (Leumit Health Care, Department of Nephrology, Jerusalem, Israel)

Alport Story: From Personal Isolation to International Collaboration for Kidney Care
Submitted by:S. Gear (Alport UK, Patient- Patient Advocacy Group, Oxford, United Kingdom), R. Lenno (Manchester University, Wellcome Centre for Cell-Matrix Research, Manchester, United Kingdom), S. Clarke (Alport UK, Patient- Filmmaker and Action Sports Enthusiast, Reading, United Kingdom), P. Walker (Alport UK, Patient, London, United Kingdom), J. Zhang (China Alport Patient Organisation, Patient, Shanghai, China), V. Fronterè (Associazione Sindrome di Alport- A.S.A.L Onlus, Patient, Siena, Italy), A. Zealey Smith (Alport UK, Patient, Southampton, United Kingdom), N.R.H. Hassan (Alport UK, Patient, Manchester, United Kingdom), A. Jardin (Alport Syndrome Foundation, Patient, New York, United States) Y. Cai (China Alport Patient Organisation, Patient, Beijing, China)
Together We Can Change Lives
Submitted by:M. Canales (Fundacion Luz y Vida, NGO, Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
Anthony’s Story. Nocturnal Dialysis: This Game-Changing-Service Puts Patients at The Centre of Their Care, Supporting Them to Access Treatment When and How it Suits Them
Submitted by:J. Skewes, S. Gleeson, S. Morris, S. Govindarajulu, (Queensland Health, Darling Downs Kidney Service- Toowoomba Hospital- Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, Toowoomba, Australia) B. Judd (Queensland Health, CEQ. Engage- Clinical Excellence Queensland, Brisbane, Australia), C. Mears, A. Salisbury (Queensland Health, Advancing Kidney Care 2026- Clinical Excellence Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)
Pregnancy in Dialysis Story
Submitted by:J. Santacruz (Clinica de los Riñones Menydial, Nephrology- dialysis, Quito, Ecuador), C. Santacruz (Clinica de los Riñones Menydial, Nephrology- dialysis, Quito, Ecuador,Clínica de los Riñones Menydial, Nephrology, Quito, Ecuador)
Kidney Transplantation: New Life New Hope
Submitted by:F. Nobi, T.S. Kashem, N.A.S. Begum, S.U.Z. Arefin, H.U. Rashid, S. Nomany (Kidney Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, Nephrology and Transplantation, Dhaka, Bangladesh).

“2021 ISN Film Community Best Film” winner

Life Beyond the Transplant
Submitted by: R. Pecoits Filho (Arbor Research Collaborative for Health, DOOPS Program, Ann Arbor, United States), R. Pine (Santa Casa de Curitiba Hospital, Nefrology, Curitiba, Brazil)

“WKD 2021 Best Film” winner

The Mountain in His Blood
Submitted by: J. Cledes (Fondation AUB SANTE, Nephrology – Dialysis, Saint-Gregoire, France), F. Hure (Fondation AUB Santé, Nephrology-Dialysis, Rennes, France)


Aham Kushalini
Submitted by: S. Thukral and D.S. Ray (RTIICS, Nephrology, Kolkata, India)


A Successful Story of an Underpriviledged Female Haemodialysis Patient
Submitted by: T.S. Kashem (Kidney Foundation Hospital and Research Institute, Nephrology, Dhaka, Bangladesh)


A Struggle for a Normal Life
Submitted by: C. Vieira ( Hospital Ernesto Dornelles, Nephrology, Porto Alegre, Brazil), J.D. Pereira, M.A. Sivino  and C. Schlee (Hospital Ernesto Dornelles, Hospital Ernesto Dornelles, Porto Alegre, Brazil)


Stop chronic kidney disease in rural areas
Submitted by: O. John (The George Institute for Global Health, Research and Development, New Delhi, India)


Mehwish – Challenging the Challenges (Story of a Dialysis Patient)
Submitted by: B. Jamil (Tabba Kidney Institute- Karachi- Pakistan., Nephrology, Karachi, Pakistan)


Hope is a Walking Dream
Director: Bhargavi Paruchuri (Vijayawada, India)

ISN Community Film Finalist - Dialysis, is this the end?


Dialysis; Is it the End?
Director: Abdelrahman Ahmad Alkholy (Assiut University, Internal Medicine Department- Nephrology Unit, Assiut, Egypt)

ISN Community Film Finalist - African Transplant Story


Hope – An African Transplant Story
Director: Warle Maina ( Ideas Unplugged and The Nairobi Hospital, Kenya
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ISN Community Film Finalist- Maternal Love


Maternal Love
Director: The National Kidney Foundation, Malaysia

ISN Community Film Finalist - Pre-dialysis Education Value


Pre-dialysis Education Value
Director: Shaikha Ali (Sand Artist Mr Luc and Medical City Ajman Nephrology, Ajman, United Arab Emirates)

ISN Community Film finalist - the one inside


The One Inside
Director: Tuta Pine

ISN Community Film Winner - Dialysis Journey of a Sarawakian


Dialysis Journey of a Sarawakian
(Director: Dr. Phui Vui Eng, Sarawak General Hospital, Nephrology unit, Kuching, Malaysia)

ISN Community Film Finalist - Hope conquers all


Hope Conquers All
Director: B. Berisha, College AAB, Masive Communication, Prishtina, Kosovo

ISN Community Film Finalist - Riding the Tide of Dialysis


Riding the Tide of Dialysis
Director: P. Kopperschmidt, Fresenius Medical Care D GmbH, Global Research & Development, Schweinfurt, Germany

ISN Community Film Finalist - Art in HD


Art in Hemodialysis
A. Baptista, Pro-Rim Foundation, Marketing Department, Joinville, Brazil
J. dos Santos, Pro-Rim Foundation, Marketing Department, Joinville, Brazil
F. Nerbass Ph.D., Pro-Rim Foundation, Research Department, Joinville, Brazil
V. Calice-Silva Ph.D., Pro-Rim Foundation, Research Department, Joinville, Brazil
D. Schmitz, Mottiva Movies, Marketing, Joinville, Brazil
M.A. Vieira, Pro-Rim Foundation, Foundation’s Chair, Joinville, Brazil

ISN Community Film Finalist - Patients Included


Director: N. Scholes-Robertson, Centre for Kidney Research, Beat-CKD, Armidale, Australia

ISN Commmunity Film - Dialysis Night Fever

Highlight Film

Dialysis Night Fever – Stayin’ Alive
R. Smith, Top End Health Services, Renal Services, Nightcliff, Australia
P. Lawton, Menzies School of Health Research, Wellbeing & Preventable Chronic Diseases, Darwin, Australia