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Forgetting Dad

Higher Education DVD + PPR: $250.00

Forgetting Dad

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a 45- year-old man suffers total amnesia. Christening himself the “New Richard,” he embarks upon a new life with a new wife far away from his family. Sixteen years later, his oldest son returns with a camera to investigate why his father’s memory never returned. Along the way, the son not only discovers many deep-rooted emotions that had never been dealt with, but also uncovers startling facts that shed a very different light on his father’s memory loss. Was Richard really struck by a horrible affliction, or was he perhaps trying to escape from a life he could no longer lead?

“A carefully crafted, thought-provoking family mystery story about memory… well worth watching.”

  -David Spiegel, M.D. Stanford University School of Medicine

Higher Education DVD + PPR $250.00
Higher Education DVD + PPR + Streaming License $400.00
K-12 and Nonprofit Groups DVD + PPR $89.00

One week after a seemingly harmless car accident, a California data processing executive and father of five wakes up with total amnesia. He no longer recognizes his wife and children and has a great deal of difficulty with the simplest daily tasks. The doctors are baffled, as there is no evidence of brain damage or other physical causes. For the family, the event marks the beginning of a never ending nightmare.

Sixteen years later, his oldest son returns to California with a camera in search of answers to why his father’s memory still hasn’t returned. He talks with his family members and a former colleague of his father’s, and reconstructs in detective-story fashion the period of time before and the years following the accident. Along the way, he not only discovers many deep-rooted emotions that had never been dealt with, but also uncovers startling facts that shed a very different light on his father’s memory loss. Was he really struck by a horrible affliction, or was he perhaps trying to escape from a life he could no longer lead?

Forgetting Dad is an award-winning case study of dissociation, parental abandonment, and family enmeshment in mental illness.

DVD extras:

Interview with filmmakers (10 min.)

Outtakes (16 min.)

 

“Another pick for one of the top independent docs of the decade. Both fascinating and heartbreaking.”

       – Hot Springs Documentary Film Institute

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Higher Education DVD + PPR, Higher Education DVD + PPR + Streaming License, K-12 and Nonprofit Groups DVD + PPR

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