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A poignant exploration of chronic illness and the everyday struggles that demand both awareness and empathy.


In Ryan Nunes’ poignant drama, the narrative delves into the profound challenges faced by Riley, portrayed by Madison Shmalo, as she grapples with a chronic illness and the pervasive impact it has on her mental well-being. The film opens with a powerful three-minute group therapy monologue delivered by Shmalo, providing a heartfelt exploration of Riley’s emotional turmoil, trapped within a body contending with constant pain and invisible struggles.

As the story unfolds, Nunes skillfully exposes the isolation and daily struggles that define Riley’s life – be it navigating the complexities of health insurance or contending with the barriers to employment that arise from her condition. Shmalo’s performance is nothing short of commendable, capturing the emotional depth and resilience required to portray such a complex character.

Beyond its dramatic narrative, the film serves as a well-made awareness piece, shedding light on the often-overlooked aspects of living with chronic illness. The cinematic cinematography and post-production elements contribute to the overall quality of the film, ensuring that it not only informs but also engages the audience on a visceral level. Ryan Nunes succeeds in creating a compelling and emotionally resonant work that advocates for understanding and compassion in the face of invisible battles.

Invisible Short Film


Runtime: 10 min

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