Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory

A film by Michael Rossato-Bennett
Starring Bobby Mcferrin, Dan Cohen, Louise Dueno, Norman Hardie

As dementia continues to affect millions of elderly Americans, Alive Inside reveals a remarkable, music-based breakthrough that has already transformed lives.

Spearheaded by social worker Dan Cohen, we learn that songs from a patient’s past can awaken memories and emotions that have been asleep for years, sometimes decades. Through revealing conversations with renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin, as well as powerful firsthand experiments conducted by Cohen in nursing homes, this uplifting documentary demonstrates how connecting the elderly to the music they love not only combats memory loss but also supplements a broken healthcare system often indifferent to interpersonal connections.

Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival


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