Sunday, December 18th will be the next monthly communitydocumentary screening in the Old Cobargo Butter Factory at 3.30pm
A film by Michael Rossato-Bennett
ALIVE INSIDE’s signature scenario shows a torpid older man being outfitted with headphones and an iPod. He hears the first strains of Cab Calloway and immediately brightens, reminisces and boogies – Alzheimer’s be damned. This looks like some kind of enchantment (and it happens with several people), but as the author and neurology professor Oliver Sacks and the musician Bobby McFerrin affirm, music just gets through to you.
The facilitator of such miracles is Dan Cohen, a kind, middle-aged technology whiz who has devoted himself to equipping nursing homes with music. The larger message of this advocacy film is that elder care is dehumanizing and that music can serve to confirm our essential, irrepressible and shared humanity.
In “Alive Inside,” Michael Rossato-Bennett’s uplifting documentary about the rejuvenating power of music, the fountain of youth exists. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short.