Irish Film Institute -IFI Documentary Festival: OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

IFI Documentary Festival: OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE

Director: Ric Burns

90 mins, USA, 2019, Digital

To pre-order Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, click here. The film will be available to view on IFI@Home from Friday, September 25th at 18.00.


A month after receiving a terminal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For 80 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, plus 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.

Screening as part of the 2020 IFI Documentary Festival, 21st – 27th September.

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