Documenting the lived experience and human condition

Living With C.O.P.D.

Living With C.O.P.D.

An ethnographic research documentary for an applied purpose. Made under my previous last name of Benner

Through their personal stories, Mary Anne focused on successful strategies used to cope with the illness by showing techniques used to manage the disease daily and any technology used for communication and dispensing medication.

Living with COPD by Mary Anne Funk
Photo Credit: Mary Anne (Benner) Funk

With the participant’s consent, visual methods were used during the interviews and additional visits to help further research efforts and to create a series of short ethnographic documentaries that were used to educate the viewer about the disease, the daily struggles, and what can be done daily to manage the disease.

Each participant had control of when the camera was on or not during the interviews and additional visits.