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Alive Inside2014

  • 4.7
ALIVE INSIDE is a joyous cinematic exploration of music's capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity. Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett chronicles the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalized through the simple experience of listening to music. His camera reveals the uniquely human connection we find in music and how its healing power can triumph where prescription medication falls short. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music's ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalized music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks of "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain" and musician Bobby McFerrin. An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, ALIVE INSIDE's inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.

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Just terrific! You can't go away from this not feeling hopeful and renewed in the depth of what it truly is to be human.

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Just terrific! You can't go away from this not feeling hopeful and renewed in the depth of what it truly is to be human.

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This is a great film. At first I was not impressed, but the film and its subject grows on you. In the end, the film was both inspirational and a fine piece of documentary film making. Do watch it!

Great documentary. A must-watch, not for its form, but for the message it brings. High time we embrace the process of ageing instead of running away from it.

Superb... thought provoking... AMAZING to watch!