Filmed over 16 years, Safely in the Rainbow, shows Pâris and his family’s life from the time he is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 2 until young adulthood. We experience the emotional and tumultuous time at the hospital when the family needs to come to terms with the new reality of caring for a toddler suddenly living with diabetes – while still being a family of five. We see Pâris and the family grow and learn how to cope with the highs and lows of life with diabetes – both when you are faced with hard decisions during nightly hypo events, controlling blood sugar when competing in sports and the invention of the ‘safely in the rainbow’ concept that has helped Pâris to manage his blood sugar daily from a young age.
The family consists of Wendy (mom), Fréderic (father), Antje (oldest sister), Pâris (brother), Alexa (youngest sister). They live in Barcelona, Spain, but originate from France and the US.
Wendy Mangeant, a filmmaker and the mother of Paris, has filmed Pâris, first as a way of sharing everyday family life with grandparents living overseas – later as a way of documenting how a family copes with having a child living with type 1 diabetes. Wendy wants to share the film with other families whose children have been newly diagnosed to help them cope with the questions, fears and uncertainties they experience.
The film is produced by Wendy and Frédéric Mangeant in collaboration with Novo Nordisk.