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Rachel is a single mother and a very resilient young woman who has faced many problems in her life. Now she wants brain surgery to rid her of the epilepsy that is ruling her life.

This intimate observational documentary follows her through the assessment process for this surgery and the subsequent brain surgery, with many dramatic twists and turns along the way.
RACHEL: A PERFECT LIFE
Featuring Rachel Ouchirenko,
Professor Sam Berkovic & Professor Gavin Fabinyi

DIRECTOR/ PRODUCER - Fiona Cochrane
DOP/ EDITOR - Zbigniew Friedrich
SOUND RECORDIST - Chris Izzard
MUSIC COMPOSER - Emma O’Brien

Produced with the assistance of the Australian Film Commission.
Gold Plaque at the 2008 HUGO Television Awards (USA) (Science/ Nature documentary category)
Best Feature Documentary at 2008 POW Fest/ Portland Women’s Film Festival (USA)
Best Documentary at 2009 ILAE Centenary Award for Film (UK) (for films made since 2000 relating to epilepsy)
2008 CINE Golden Eagle Award
Bronze REMI Award at 2008 Worldfest-Houston (USA)
Finalist for Best Direction in a Documentary at the 2008 Australian Film Institute (AFI) Awards
Finalist in the category “Directed By a Woman, Outstanding Film or Show” at the 2008 Women’s Image Network (WIN) Awards (USA)
Finalist at the 2008 New York Festivals’ Film & Video Awards (Health/Medicine category)
Honourable Mention at the 2007 Accolade Competition (USA) (Health/Medicine category)





2007 Sydney Film Festival, Australia (Premiere)
2008 Mumbai International Film Festival, India
2008 REVOLVE Film Festival, USA
2008 Independents’ Film Festival, USA
2008 Lone Star International Film Festival, USA
2008 Anchorage International Film Festival, USA
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