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1 hr. 17 min.

Plot Summary

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 (Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain) and musician Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”).


Director: Michael Rossato-Bennett

Genres: Documentary

Distributor: Bond/360

Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory (2014)

Release Date: July 18th, 2014|1 hr. 17 min.

critic reviews (9)
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  • 100
    Duane Byrge The Hollywood Reporter

    A gloriously inspirational film documenting music’s healing power in Alzheimer patients. show more

  • 63
    Slant Magazine

    The doc is heartwarming, but it doesn't delve deeply into the backstories that inform the ailing patients' connection to the music that stirs their memories. show more

  • 50

    A passionate documentary with a lot of valuable information to impart, and a laudable humanist agenda to push. Unfortunately, it’s also not a particularly good movie. In fact, at certain points it can be an actively annoying one. show more

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