Dementia Awareness Week Screening: Alive Inside (PG)

Wednesday 18 May 7.30pm
Tickets £8
Fundraiser event
All profits on ticket sales and donations will go towards the Musical Matinee Club – a programme of relaxed screenings aimed at people living with dementia and disabilities.
Project partners De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill Dementia Action Alliance and Rother District Council

Run time: 78 minutes

Introduction by Lucy Frost, Dementia Lead, Sussex Community NHS Trust, and Suzy Harvey, Musical Matinee Club hostess.

Following the screening both will respond to audience observations and questions.

Alive Inside is a joyous cinematic exploration of music and memory’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals in the USA who have been revitalised through the simple experience of listening to music. The camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.

This stirring documentary follows numerous visionaries in healthcare including social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain), healthcare visionaries Dr. Bill Thomas, Dr. Al Powers, Naomi Fiel, and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.