Jim Allison: Breakthrough

U.S., 90m, DCP

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Screened September 27–October 10, 2019

This astounding documentary tells the true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer. The film traces Allison’s remarkable life from his school-boy days in Friday Night Lights, Creationist Texas all the way to Stockholm where, in December of 2018, he accepted the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Using intimate interviews with Allison and a set of scientific leaders, paired with the use of graphics and archival material, 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. 

Official selection: SXSW, Seattle International Film Festival

A Dada Films release.


A film by Bill Haney

Demonstrates that the treatment is not a miracle, but the result of some wild but meticulous thinking by a true medical hero.”

The Hollywood Reporter