Three beautiful documentaries about memory loss

Oct. 10, 2017

Some believe that we will only have lived as long as we can remember the important things around us. But what happens in our life and the lives of others when our ability to remember stops working? Let’s dive into the dark side of memory in the following documentaries that Guidedoc presents.

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Forgetting Dad by Rick Minnich (2008)



After having suffered a car accident, director Rick Minnich’s father did not retain the slightest memory of his past as a family man. Although science could not show any brain damage, Richard Minnich suddenly lost his memory inexplicably. He was no longer a father, and instead of resuming his old role, he evolved into a different identity, moving out of his house, making other friends, and starting a new family. In Forgetting Dad, we accompany Rick in his attempt to discover the mystery of his fugitive father with a beautiful essay on orphanhood, paternal abandonment and mental illness. 


The Winner Loser by Darren Hercher (2011)



Daniel MacNee is not a common Scot. Each morning, after waking up, Daniel has to rely on a careful method that he invented in order to remember every thing he has done in his life up to that very moment. It is an ingenious system that has allowed him to be independent ever since a serious mental illness damaged his memory function. Captivated by his admirable willingness to live, director Darren Hercher films the extraordinary daily life of Daniel, a character that will remain in our memory for a long time after having seen "The Winner Loser". 


Time Suspended by Natalia Brushtein (2017)



For some people, the lack of memories is not an unfortunate loss, but rather an opportunity to escape from inherited pains. Brutally persecuted by a cruel dictatorship that also took away her three children, we will never know for sure if Laura Bonaparte, now in the autumn of her life, prefers fog or a clear landscape in her memory. She is the protagonist of this documentary directed by Natalia Bruschtein, her own granddaughter, who filmed it with the intrinsic purpose of cinema: to perpetuate lives and memorable moments. The film is a beautiful document about memory and filial love.

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