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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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music is the greatest creation of human.
28 November 2014 | by lahiriritwik52See all my reviews

I am deeply moved by this documentary. It is really very fascinating to watch how the Alzheimer patients who don't even remember their names responded to music, particularly the music they loved in their early days.The scientific reasons behind this is also described properly. Aging is an inevitable phenomenon of life. It is us who should decide how we take care of aged population. In India the way is far more different than USA. Here usually old people, who are suffering from dementia are not sent to a nursing home. Home care is given and they remain in the family. But after watching this documentary I have realized the picture is quite different in America.Parting a old human from his/her familiar world is gonna worsen their disease(but there may be some obligatory factors in the family I am overlooking those).If music therapy seems to help them then it should be started on a large scale. Dan Cohen is doing a great job by helping these people(not patient) and government should help him to achieve his goal. A must watch.

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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)

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$7,200, 20 July 2014

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