Helping organ donation meet the mainstream
Inspired by the memoir, the Stenzel twins also went on to film a documentary with the same title. The film is directed by Marc Smolowitz and it is co-produced by Smolowitz and Andrew Byrnes, Isabel’s husband and Anabel’s brother in law. “The title is symbolic not only of the two sisters, but of the two sets of lungs they’ve had and the two lung donors who gave them a second chance at life” said Smolowitz. “Organ donation really struggles to meet the mainstream, especially in Japan, where the idea of transplanting organs has a cultural taboo. We hope to use the film to demystify the process and inspire people to become organ donors” he added.