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School of Medicine Screening: Awakenings (12+)

Tuesday 25 September, 6pm
Free (Ticketed)
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“Awakenings” is a 1990 American drama film based on Dr Oliver Sack’s 1973 memoir of the same title. The book and film are a remarkable account of a group of patients who contracted sleeping sickness in the great epidemic just after World War I. Frozen in a decades long sleep these men and women were given up as hopeless until 1969 when Dr Sacks gave them the then new drug L-DOPA, which had an astonishing “awakening” effect. The book and film adaptation are a passionate exploration of the most general questions around health, disease, suffering, care and the human condition. The screening has been organised by the School of Medicine as part of our drive to include more Arts and Humanities in our Undergraduate Medical Curriculum and to have more Public involvement in the activities of the School. The event is free but ticketed and members of the public are very welcome to join us. The screening will start at 6 pm with a very short introduction by staff from the School of Medicine. After the screening we will have a short break to allow members of the audience to get away promptly if they wish (the film runs for approximately two hours). We plan then to stay on for 30 minutes or so to have a discussion about the film and the issues it brings up. We will have a roving mic and all are welcome to contribute.