LIHUE — A screening of “Alive Inside,” the award-winning documentary on how listening to music has helped people with dementia, will be presented by Dr. Laurel Coleman Friday at Wilcox Medical Center.
Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicled the experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized by listening to music.
“Through music, we have the power to help millions of people awaken to who they are and what they can be,” said Rossato-Bennett.
The documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system trying to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those with dementia.
Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the effects of personalized music on their loved ones and offers 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”).
The inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. The Alive Inside Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding the message of human connection and empathy that lies at the center of the film.
“Music lets us reach a population otherwise unreachable,” said Rossato-Bennett. “It allows us to touch hearts and ignite souls.”
The screening will take place at the Wilcox Medical Center Conference Rooms Friday at 6 p.m. Check-in takes place at 5:30 p.m., and pupus will be served.
Call 245-1198 to register.