The Lifetime Television Network joined forces with Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Alicia Keys and others for an ambitious project called Five. It’s a two hour presentation that features a series of short films that center on women and their fight against breast cancer.
This trio (Aniston, Moore, Keys) all directed a segment from Five and they each appear on the latest cover of Glamour Magazine. In the issue, they open up about what they learned during the directorial process and the heartfelt stories that their films tell.
“We want people to walk away with hope and information but feel incredibly entertained. Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, patient,” says Aniston. “These films touch on that reality. The film I directed is called Mia, and it’s about a woman who takes her diagnosis as a death sentence and gives up—only to discover she’s gone into remission. We want people to know it is very possible to conquer breast cancer.”
Demi Moore expressed concern over the “out of sight, out of mind” complex that a lot of women seem to have when it comes to the disease.
Moore says, “I’ve known people affected by breast cancer, and since I finished the project, someone in our family has also been diagnosed. Before this project came up, even I really didn’t want to pay attention. I feel that this came to me to make me pay attention.”
When Jennifer Aniston called up Alicia Keys to be a part of the Five project, it was an offer the singer couldn’t refuse. Keys reveals, “I felt like this was something important, and I wanted to be a part of it. I chose Lili (a film about an independent 35-year-old whose breast cancer forces her to work through her relationship with her mother) because she’s close to my age and I understood the family dynamic. I had an immediate idea of what I could bring to it.”
Five co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Rosario Dawson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jeanne Tripplehorn. The film premieres Oct. 10 on Lifetime. Be sure to tune in because whether you’re a man, woman or child, this is a project that affects us all!
Image courtesy of Glamour