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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Dir. Ric Burns USA 111 min

2018

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Collaborative Screening

Presented with KANEKO's literary series, Passages.

Presented as part of the 2020 National Week of Science on Screen, the film will be introduced with a talk called "The Ethics of Medical Storytelling" by Dr. Amy Haddad, Professor Emerita in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Special thanks to our promotional partners UNO Medical Humanities and the UNMC Office of Academic Affairs.

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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life explores the riveting and profoundly moving life and work of this unique figure—an old-fashioned polymath and natural historian of the 19th century sort who redefined our 21st century understanding of brain and mind. The film is based in part on footage shot in the months before he died – including more than eighty hours with Sacks himself, his partner, Billy Hayes, and some of his closest friends, colleagues and family members – as he grappled with the meaning of his life, with life itself, and his impending death with a spellbinding candor, power and humanity.

About Dr. Amy Haddad

Amy Marie Haddad, PhD, MFA, RN is Professor Emerita in the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in the American Journal of Nursing, Fetishes: Literary Journal of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Janus Head, Journal of Medical Humanities, Touch, the Bellevue Literary Review, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Persimmon Tree.

Film Streams is pleased to again join dozens of its national arthouse colleagues in Science on Screen®, an innovative series that creatively pairs classic, cult, and documentary films with lively talks led by notable figures from the world of science, technology, and medicine.

Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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