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9 minutes

After Katie’s double mastectomy, Claire can help: with 3D nipple tattoos

With great tenderness and intimacy, this short documentary by the Japanese video artist Mari Shibata brings us into a very unusual tattooing session. Katie, who has had a double mastectomy following breast cancer, receives 3D nipple tattoos from Claire, a career make-up artist who provides free services to former cancer patients. The moment when Katie sees herself transformed shows how a small act of altruism can help to heal a patient’s complex post-cancer relationship with her body.

Director: Mari Shibata

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