Challenging assumptions – Film Festival
23 May – 24 May
23 May 7:00 pm - 24 May 9:00 pm
Challenging assumptions – Different views of Dementia
A Pop-up Film Festival in association with Film Merton, Alzheimer’s Society, Merton Council and Merton Arts Space. The intention is to show representations of people living with dementia which are an alternative to the usual portrayals of people with the disease in the media which often dwell merely on the pain suffering brought by dementia and focus on the later stages of the disease. The intention is to shine a light on the person rather than the disease and to show how people are affected differently and also how they find coping strategies in order to live with the disease.
Thursday 23 May, 7pm, ‘Robot & Frank’, rated 12, 1hr 29
In the near future, Frank is a retired cat-burglar living alone while his successful son, Hunter, tries to care for him from afar. Finally, Hunter gets him a robot caretaker, but Frank soon learns that it is as useful as a burglary aide. As Frank tries to restart his old profession, the uncomfortable realities of a changing world and his worsening dementia threaten to take beyond what any reboot can do for him.
Friday 24 May, 7pm, ‘Poetry’, rated 12, 2hr 29
South Korean drama telling the story of a suburban woman in her 60s who begins to develop an interest in poetry while struggling to come to terms with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and coping with the aftermath of the actions of her irresponsible grandson.