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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Directed by: Ric Burns

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Oliver Sacks: His Own Life is an award-winning documentary exploring the life and work of Oliver Sacks, 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.

The film features exclusive interviews with Sacks conducted just weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis, and months prior to his death in August 2015.

Watch Kate Edgar, Executive Director of The Oliver Sacks Foundation as she talks about Dr. Sacks’s unique approach to his patients.

“The two dozen people we have talked to on-camera in the course of the production – writers, editors, scientists, neurologists, patients, journalists, family members, friends – have spoken with a depth of insight and feeling that has been humbling, illuminating, riveting. Brilliant, sometimes maddening, empathetic, driven, stubborn and filled with a kind of childlike wonder and gratitude, Oliver Sacks was a person obsessed throughout his whole life – as he put it in a deeply moving piece in The New York Times announcing his fatal illness – with what it means “to be a sentient being on this beautiful planet.” — Filmmaker, Ric Burns


BAMPFA Live Q&A | Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

A live conversation and Q&A recorded in conjunction with BAMPFA’s streaming presentation of Oliver Sacks: His Own Life. Featuring the film’s director, Ric Burns; Kate Edgar, Executive Director of the Oliver Sacks Foundation; and Bill Hayes, photographer, writer, and Sacks’s partner; moderated by professor Indre Viskontas.

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