Baptiste Touissant’s dreams of opening a Cajun restaurant ended when a suicide bomber detonated only feet from him in Afghanistan. Baptiste, terrified of surviving his devastating injuries, begged his buddy to wait five minutes before calling a medic. He wanted to die.
Five Minutes is a story about Baptiste’s recovery and the hope of regenerative medicine (RM) for U.S. soldiers. RM promises a future where doctors, using a soldier’s own cells, rebuild genitalia and reconstruct arms and legs blown apart by shrapnel.
The animated narrative film is a five-year effort directed, produced and edited by Wake Forest University faculty Sandy Dickson, Peter Gilbert, Michael Hyde, Chris Zaluski and Cara Pilson and illustrated by award-winning artist Cory Godbey.