InScience Film Festival

Amazing Discoveries: Oliver Sacks – His Own Life

On November 4 and 5 InScience Amazing Discoveries will take place, with the seven most beautiful and astonishing films in the history of InScience. In the coming weeks, we will present these unforgettable films to you, with the invitation to come and see them as you should: in the cinema with the lights off, your eyes glued to the silver screen.

In 2015, world-renowned neurologist Oliver Sacks revealed that he only had months to live. He was 82 years old at the time. In this documentary, he candidly looks back on his life, from his home in New York, surrounded by the people he loves. The result is an unforgettable portrait of a fascinating scientist, who was also an inspired storyteller who managed to enchant an audience of millions with his books.

How special his life really was, you can hear best in his own words. Many topics are covered in this documentary: his childhood, his flight to America, his struggle with narcotics and homophobia, and of course the many highlights of his academic and literary career. The film is full of comical and moving moments, ending in a heartwarming farewell to life. This film is absolutely not to be missed during InScience Amazing Discoveries.

Buy your ticket for this screening here. After the screening, we will talk to Bas Bloem, neurologist at Radboudumc, about love for the profession and how researchers can learn from individual cases.

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