Second Chance Cinema and BFF present... Alive Inside, a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.

Chronicling the astonishing experiences of individuals around the country who have been revitalised 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. This stirring documentary follows social worker Dan Cohen, founder of the

nonprofit organisation Music & Memory, as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self to those suffering from it. Rossato-Bennett visits family members who have witnessed the miraculous effects of personalised music on their loved ones, and offers illuminating interviews with experts including renowned neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin.

An uplifting cinematic exploration of music and the mind, Alive Inside’s inspirational and emotional story left audiences humming, clapping and cheering at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award. “I would like to see doctors prescribing music. They always go first for heavy duty antipsychotics that may be harmful, when music might do the trick,” he said. “There’s no guarantee, but there is no downside; you can’t say that about any drug.” “There is life there,” said Cohen. “I’m going to devote mine to bringing it out.”

Reviews

Alive Inside is a small but vibrant miracle. The documentary finds hope and joy in one of our nation’s bleakest settings, nursing homes.