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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Discover the real power of music!
10 January 2015 | by santiagocosmeSee all my reviews

We need music. That's the message you are going to get from this documentary. And very few are as eye opening as "Alive inside" which takes us into the world of nursing homes in the US. It's easy to forget that there are millions of people living alone with no relatives to pay them a visit. We go on with our daily lives and spend more time talking to strangers on social medias than actually doing something for real people who are there and need us. The scary thing, it's that it might very likely be the way we end up ourselves: sat on a chair in a nursing home while contemplating yet again a plain wall for hours.

What Dan (the protagonist of this documentary) sets to do is to show the power of alternative therapies for people with Dementia, or simply people who have forgotten all about their lives. And his soothing therapy couldn't be simpler: Music! That's right! nothing else. We see the residents of these nursing homes with broken spirits, unable to articulate a sentence, incapable of remember any details from the past. Surprisingly, the moment they are exposed to music, memories come back to them. A spark lightens up in their eyes, they even dance, and start talking more than they ever did. Music makes them cry, laugh, jump. As one of them says: "It makes me feel like I have a girl and I can hug her".

How can music be so powerful? some bits are explained in the documentary, so I hope you will find the time to watch it. While it might not be the best edited piece of film making around, for the sake of its content, you should definitely give it go!

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Release Date:

18 October 2014 (Germany) See more »

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Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory See more »

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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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