DFT @ Home | Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

(USA/2019—directed by Ric Burns)

Renowned neurologist and literary giant Oliver Sacks (Awakenings) is posthumously celebrated in this profound, engaging, deeply moving cinematic memoir. A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in 2015, Sacks sat down with filmmaker Ric Burns for a series of filmed interviews in his New York apartment.

For eighty hours, Sacks shared a wealth of revelations about his life and work, his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, the medical establishment that long shunned his work on cognitive disorders, and his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world and the place of human beings within it.

Drawing on these rich, personal reflections, as well as interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, as well as rare archival material from every point in his lifelong journey, this unforgettable documentary is the story of a beloved, pioneering doctor, writer and humanitarian who redefined our understanding of the brain, the mind, and the soul. Telluride and New York Film Festivals. (114 minutes)

“At once tender and thrilling, a movie that presents us with a man who led an eccentrically defiant, at times reckless existence that was the furthest thing from cunningly planned.” -Owen Gleiberman, Variety

“Surprising, moving and revealing. A thoughtful, deeply affecting film.” -Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

 

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