Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

March 19, 2024
The story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.

Details About the Film

This film is part of the series Science on Screen®: New Queer Frontiers

Confronted with a terminal diagnosis, renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks reminisces about his struggles with drug addiction and homophobia and the reluctance he faced from the medical establishment about his innovative approach to cognition research. Featuring interviews from family members, close friends, colleagues, and patients along with drawing upon the extensive archives of the Oliver Sacks Foundation, this documentary offers an exemplary portrait of the brilliant mind Oliver Sacks.

This screening will be preceded by a lecture from Dr. David Beversdorf, Professor of Radiology, Neurology, and Psychological Sciences and the William and Nancy Thompson Endowed Chair in Radiology at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Presented By

Director(s): Ric Burns
Starring: Oliver Sacks, Roberto Calasso, António Damásio, Temple Grandin
Year Released: 2019
Runtime: 114 minutes
Country: United States
Language(s): English
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)