It looks like this town conspired to pack everything good in the two weeks of spring that I’m away. Okay. I see what’s happening.
Bloor Hot Docs is screening two documentaries that normally I wouldn’t miss. One is called Alive Inside, and it looks at how music can affect (maybe even temporarily halt? the neurology jury is out) memory loss occurring in some types of neurodegenerative disease. In particular the music that meant something to the patients when they were healthier. Here’s the blurb:
Alive Inside follows Dan Cohen, a social worker who decides on a whim to bring iPods to a nursing home. To his and the staff’s surprise many residents suffering from memory loss seem to awaken deeply locked memories when they listen to music from their past. With great excitement, Dan turns to renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks, and together they investigate the mysterious way music functions inside our brains and our lives. Alive Inside focuses on one man’s journey, but also questions when we stop being human, and what it takes to re-start a life that has faded away.
April 2 and 3 – tickets and times here.
Then on April 7, there’s the documentary about a peculiar instrument called the Ondes Martenot, and some of the fascinating characters who are keeping the Ondes Martenot culture alive. Tickets<- Trailer: