9th DMZ Docs(2017)
I AM DOCU
As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by the filmmaker and innovative social worker, Dan Cohen, this emotionally groundbreaking documentary demonstrates how music can awaken every soul.
How's it feel to lose one's memory, to lose their lifetime experiences, emotions and thoughts one by one, and to eventually lose oneself? How much painful would it be to watch the loved one struggle with the loss? Modern medicine has yet to find a cure for dementia and so many patients suffering from the disease are left untreated at the grey zone of the medical system.
The documentary film <Alive Inside> captures people with dementia reconnecting to their emotions and lost memories through music. When the director plays an old song of Louis Armstrong, a 90-year-old woman recalled the name of the song, and other details from her life: that her mother told her not to listen to Louis Armstrong on her birthday, that she worked at Fort Jackson during the World War 2, and much more. This clearly demonstrates how music can evoke one's memory and emotion.
It is not too much to say that the music we have listened to represent the specific time and chapter of our life. The music we love includes a unique memory, experience, emotion and story of each of us. In the film, those who lost their memory and themselves and whose condition had never improved by medication reconnect to emotions and lost memories through the music they listened years ago. Director Michael Rossato-Bennet joins the efforts of the non-profit organization 'Music & Memory,' introduces the exemplary approach to the issue of dementia, and guides us to think about what we need in order not to lose human dignity. [Won Jong-woo]
Alive Inside (2016)
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