'Alive Inside' Celebrates The Healing Power Of Music

July 10, 2014 4:28 PM

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Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett had planned to film Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, for a single day. Cohen had wanted to document his nascent program for elders with dementia who were springing back to life at a Brooklyn nursing home. Rossato-Bennett found himself crafting a story of music and memory around Cohen's objective to bring personalized music to every individual in nursing homes throughout America. He filmed Cohen for three years.

Henry, 92, one of many subjects in Rossato-Bennett's documentary "Alive Inside," is reawakened by the sounds from an iPod, emerging from dementia to recall an affinity for jazz singer Cab Calloway. "It gives me the feeling of love, romance!" he says. Observing Henry, renowned neurologist Oliver Sack...

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