“The Power of Two,” a documentary being shown at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Magic Theatre, is the inspirational tale of San Francisco Bay Area-based twins who refuse to let a disabling and life-shortening illness get in the way of their quest for a better life.
Isabel “Isa” Stenzel Byrnes and Anabel “Ana” Stenzel are biracial twin sisters both born with cystic fibrosis and gifted with “gaman” — the Japanese word for perseverance, which has helped them thrive despite their disease. Called to action by their life-saving double lung transplants, they strive to help those still in need of organ transplants and those suffering from cystic fibrosis live improved lives. The poignant directorial debut of Academy Award-nominated producer Marc Smolowitz (“The Weather Underground”), “The Power of Two,” which is inspired by the Stenzels’ memoir (“The Power of Two: A Twin Triumph Over Cystic Fibrosis”), is an affectionate, passionate and insightful documentary that takes the viewer in several directions: first into the home lives of the twins and the constant medical care they were compelled to undertake; then to their crusade in Japan, where cystic fibrosis is rare and organ transplantation a cultural taboo; and finally thriving with their new lungs and mentoring others on the same path while also experiencing some of their own unexpected life milestones.
The Magic Theatre is located at 107 Argall Way in Nevada City.