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Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warm- hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.
Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world — a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma. Using intimate interviews with Allison and a set of scientific leaders paired with innovative use of graphics and archival material and featuring music from star harmonica player Mickey Raphael and Nebraska composer Mark Orton, Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.
1 hour 31 minutes
Directed by Bill Haney
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