Triple-bill of powerful short films on dementia
We are really delighted to offer a livestreamed screening and discussion of three excellent shorts on dementia that we first presented in December 2023 at the Global Health Film Festival.
My Mum Rita (2023)
Directed by Qiqi Hou, 20 mins
For eight years, 68-year-old Louise has been looking after her 92- year-old mum Rita, who is living with dementia. As both women grapple with Rita’s rapidly deteriorating condition, Louise must decide the best path forward for both herself and her mother.
Where's Wilma? (2023)
Directed by Naomi (Boz) Braithwaite, 25 mins
Where’s Wilma? a debut film by Boz Braithwaite, tells the story of the cruel reality of dementia and the impacts it has on a mother-daughter relationship.
Filmed at the family home in London, over a three-week period, Where’s Wilma? documents the experiences of Boz' mother, their dog Wilma, and Boz, the daughter as sole carer.
Capturing the extremes of emotions from anxiety, paranoia, loneliness, loss and complete desperation, with just some glimmers of remembered happiness, the film presents an honest and intimate account of the devastating effects of dementia on what had been an unbreakable bond.
Dancing With Dementia (2023)
Directed by Elaine Harvey, 6 mins
Dancing with Dementia is a documentary short which explores the idea of dance as a metaphor for dementia.
People living with dementia were asked to record their response to the question - 'if dementia was a dance, what kind of a dance would it be?'. In collaboration with sound artist Chris Gregory, their responses were woven together with music and found sound to create an original audio documentary which poetically reflects their embodied experiences of living with the condition.
The film aims to highlight the lived experience of dementia, and to explore how dance, with its emphasis on reciprocity, balance, exchange and animation has the potential to create a powerful counter-discourse; a significant challenge to the plethora of metaphors connected to the inanimate and the passive.
The panel after this triple-bill will be moderated by Trevor Salomon, Chair of the Carers’ Advisory Panel at Dementia Carers Count. Trevor will be joined by Qiqi Hou, director of My Mum Rita, Boz Braithwaite, director of Where's Wilma?, and Elaine Harvey, director of Dancing With Dementia.
Registration is now open and tickets cost £9.99.
As with all our online events, this screening is free of charge for Global Health Film members.