In 1952 Denmark was in the throes of a polio epidemic. More than 6,000 people caught the disease, most of them children. Niels Frandsen, now a film director, was one year old when his hips and legs were affected. In this poetic film essay he returns to the fateful period that he cannot remember, but will never forget. His parents, his sister, and archive footage help him to furnish words and images for a personal account that is also a historical record. Polio is caused by a virus that attacks the nerves in the spine that control the muscles. If the muscles in the lungs are affected, the disease is fatal. Today polio has been eradicated from Denmark, but several thousand people still live with the ravages it caused.
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