CLICK HERE to watch the trailer for Alive Inside.
That’s right we are lucky that the Tidewater Arts Outreach is bringing this documentary to the NARO this Wednesday night for a special showing. And I am lucky to have gotten to see it in advance so I could tell you about it.
Alive Inside: the Story of Music and Memory is an award-winning documentary that literally feels like a medical magic show. As the film points out – five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia — many of them alone in nursing homes.
Over three years filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett follows social worker Dan Cohen capturing on camera the magic that seems to happen when music from a patient’s life is introduced to them via iPods and earphones..
We watch as songs from a patient’s past awaken memories and emotions that have been sleeping in the recesses of their minds for years, decades for some of them. Patients who are withdrawn, never speak or recognize anyone — suddenly — with earphones and a song from their past — look up and have a completely lucid conversation — relaying memories, singing every word of the song. The film is shot so well. As a good documentary should, it let’s the people being film breath in their space and cuts together the right scenes at the right times, intermixing memory-esque scenes from the past jarred free by the music we hear and see them react to at the same time.
Is this the answer, the cure? Probably not. Could it lead to something new in the industry and how we treat these patients? Hopefully.
It won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year, and I can see why. It’s heart breaking and heart warming all at once. It’s a commentary on dementia and Alzheimer’s and how we treat it. If this is something close to you (and even if it’s not), you’ll want to consider making time to see this remarkable film.
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Alive Inside: The Story of Music and Memory
Special Showing in partnership with Tidewater Arts Outreach
Wednesday Night, October 22nd at 7:15
NARO Cinema – Norfolk
For Tickets & Information, Visit TidewaterArtsOutreach.org
Showing will also include a healthcare panel on arts programs like this in Hampton Roads.