Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

USA | 2019 | 114 min. | Ric Burns

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Oliver Sacks battled homophobia, drug addiction, and staunch criticism from the medical community during his life. This heartening documentary explores Sacks’ advocacy for arts and culture, and the ways in which science and storytelling intercept.

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A month after receiving a fatal 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, and 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.

  • Director: Ric Burns
  • Principal Cast: Oliver Sacks, Roberto Calasso, Kate Edgar, Shane Fistell
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2019
  • Running Time: 114 min.
  • Producer: Leigh Howell, Bonnie Lafave, Kathryn Clinard
  • Cinematographers: Buddy Squires
  • Editors: Li-Shin Yu, Tom Patterson, Chih Hsuan Liang
  • Music: Brian Keane
  • Filmography: The Chinese Exclusion Act (2017), Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History (2015), Enquiring Minds: The Untold Story of the Man Behind the National Enquirer (2014), Nantucket (2011)
  • Language: English