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Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory (2014)

Alive Inside (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary, News | 18 October 2014 (Germany)
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Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, 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.
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Credited cast:
Dan Cohen Dan Cohen ... Self
Louise Dueno Louise Dueno ... Self
Nell Hardie Nell Hardie ... Self
Norman Hardie Norman Hardie ... Self
Bobby McFerrin ... Self
Michael Rossato-Bennett ... Self
Yvonne Russell Yvonne Russell ... Self
Oliver Sacks ... Self
Bill Thomas Bill Thomas ... Self
Doug Thompson Doug Thompson ... Self
Mary Lou Thompson Mary Lou Thompson ... Self
Connie Tomiano Connie Tomiano ... Self
Peter Whitehouse Peter Whitehouse ... Self


The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken health-care 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) and musician Bobby McFerrin ("Don't Worry, Be Happy"). Written by -Bond/360

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Dementia affects around 46,8 millions of people around the world and Alzheimer Disease is the main cause of it. This devastating pathology takes away from you the most important treasure: your memories. You unlearn how to eat, how to dress, how to talk and even how to live. You become dependent. But if instead just medicines, music had an important healing power? In "Alive Inside", a Michael Bennett documentary, we saw the brilliant idea of Dan Cohen, a social worker, be successfully applied - listening music can renew dignity of those who have forgotten their own value. Released in 2014, this delightful film shows the reaction of Alzheimer's heroes and other dementias to listening to personalized music - they awake from a deep sleep and become alive again. It's joyful to see them dancing, singing and talk about it.

Finally, we follow his fight in order that the highest number of nursing homes in the United States can adopt your therapy. Touching and inspiring, this movie teach us the sense of humanity, showing that difference can and should be done.

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18 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA


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$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,200, 20 July 2014

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