OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE (114 NR)

OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

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VIRTUAL CINEMAPOLIS SCREENINGS BEGIN 9/25
3 day rental available for $12
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A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.

Director: Ric Burns
Stars: Oliver Sacks, Roberto Calasso, Kate Edgar

SPECIAL SCIENCE ON SCREEN LIVESTREAM – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 at 8 pm

Virtual Q&A with filmmaker Ric Burns and Dr. Atul Gawande

Our friends at the Coolidge Corner Theatre will host a virtual Q&A with filmmaker Ric Burns and renowned surgeon, writer, and public health leader Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, who is featured in the film. Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact. Sacks, known for his literary works Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

View the live stream HERE.

Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre. With major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.


 

REVIEW

“A portrait of the poetic neurologist of ‘Awakenings,’ shot at the end of his life, takes a tender and thrilling look at the sacred demons that drove him.”

Owen Gleiberman, Variety