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*Updated 9/1/23

Documentaries

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Alive Inside Documentary

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.

Alzheimer's Documentary Series- PBS

What can we, as individuals, do about Alzheimer’s? Over 5 million people are living with a type of dementia in the United States with no immediate sign of a cure through pharmaceuticals alone. VPM’s three-part documentary series regarding dementia explores how person centered care and lifestyle changes can improve the quality of life for persons living with dementia.

"Unconditional" directed by Richard Lui

UNCONDITIONAL is a film about three families setting off on journeys of self-discovery, taking on the most emotional topics of our day – physical and mental health. Not just the polar extremes portrayed in the media, it comes in hundreds of shades and in places we do not notice. We, with our loved ones, form a beautiful but complex social system and we are balancing individual mental health in a collective setting all the time. Filmed over seven years, Unconditional bravely explores a long arc of mental health that challenges over 50 million families each year. It chronicles three families (including filmmaker Richard Lui’s) in their journey of caregiving as they grapple with difficult realities and hidden wounds.

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"Today Was A Good Day" offers different perspectives on the day-to-day life of a caregiver, as seen through the eyes of three Southeastern Michigan residents who have taken on the many roles and responsibilities of caring for an aging parent.

This film was released in April 2020 at the Detroit Freep Documentary Film Festival. It was produced for the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation through Lafayette/American in Detroit, Michigan. The film features KaTania Brown & Bessie Brown, Marla Renee & Athalia Brown, Roger Young & Lily Young and Dr. Paula Duren, Ph.D of Universal Dementia Caregivers.

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