Winner of the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, this uplifting and emotional documentary by Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles social worker Dan Cohen’s quest to fight memory loss through the healing power of music. Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory shows Cohen’s extraordinary work in music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients, and the astounding breakthroughs he brings about in cases where conventional medication has fallen short.
It’s an inspirational testament to music’s miraculous ability to awaken the human spirit and foster deep emotion connection, even across the barriers of mental illness.
– Margarita Georgitseas, Marketing Officer at Picturehouse.
Alive Inside plays across Picturehouse Cinemas on Tuesday 4 August as part of Discover Tuesdays.
Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett.
Featuring: Oliver Sacks, Bobby McFerrin. USA 2014. TBC mins.
This uplifting documentary won the Audience Award at Sundance, and it’s easy to see why. You’ll be sobbing and smiling within minutes as you see two elderly, infirm patients transformed when they’re played favourite tunes from their youth. The rejuvenating power of music – its profound ability to define who we are and reconnect us with who we were – is at the heart of social worker Dan Cohen’s crusade. His mission is to help people with Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s by waking up the care establishment to the fact that an iPod can be more revitalising than a pill.
Musician Bobby McFerrin and Dr Oliver Sacks (whose book Awakenings inspired an Oscar-nominated film) are among those supporting Cohen’s cause. A partly crowdfunded crowd-pleaser that leaves you with a song in your heart.
‘Absolutely joyous.’ – Michael O’Sullivan, Washington Post
‘Gloriously inspirational.’ – Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
‘A wonder to experience… it’s as transformative as the music itself.’ – Sam Fragoso, rogerebert.com
“Alive Inside” contains a tiny revolution within its message, and will likely end up being one of the most important documentaries of the year.” – Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
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