Irish Film Institute -FORGETTING DAD


Director: Rick Minnich & Matt Sweetwood

Germany • 2008 • 84 mins

After a seemingly harmless car accident, Richard Minnich, a California based father of five, wakes up with total amnesia. Doctors are baffled, there is no evidence of brain damage or other physical causes. For the family, the event marks the beginning of a never-ending nightmare. Sixteen years later, filmmaker Rick Minnich – Richard’s eldest son – returns to California to investigate why his father’s memory still hasn’t returned. Meeting with Richard’s family and friends, he reconstructs the period of time before and the years following the accident. Along the way, Rick not only discovers many deep-rooted emotions of his own, but also uncovers startling facts. Was Richard really struck by a horrible affliction, or was he perhaps trying to escape from a life he could no longer lead?
Director Rick Minnich will participate in a post screening Q&A.
IDFA Special Jury Award 2008 Presented in cooperation with Guth Gafa Documentary Festival

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