Oliver Sacks: His Own Life — A Special Film Screening for Yom Kippur Afternoon

Directed by Ric Burns. 1 hour 51 minutes 

For members only. Monday, September 28

As we reflect on our own lives, past and future, we take time to explore and reflect on the life of Oliver Sacks, a fearless explorer of unknown mental worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind, the diversity of human experience, and our shared humanity.

This profoundly moving and extraordinary film portrait explores the life and work of the legendary neurologist and storyteller, as he shares intimate details of his battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that accepted his work only decades after the fact.

A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor, writer and individual.

Read reviews and Ric Burns’s commentary at: https://www.ricburns.com/film/oliver-sacks-his-own-life-steeplechase-films

View the trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47ooNWugxRE