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Dementia, a diagnosis that changes everything for those who are affected and for their relatives. Accepting the disease can seem just as difficult as finding an appropriate approach. But perhaps it is much more about compassion than about understanding? In an observational way, THE INNER LIGHT explores the everyday lives of people with dementia and focuses mainly on positive situations and encounters.

Free of past and future, there is a possibility to live in the moment. The film dedicates itself to these kinds of moments. Alongside its protagonists, we discover the slowness, the struggle and the beauty of the rituals of their everyday lives. Without commenting, the film shows pure emotions of sadness, cheerfulness and thoughtfulness.

THE INNER LIGHT builds strong emotional ties with the protagonists and attempts to make their view on the world tangible, but does not avoid conflicts and the seriousness of the illness. The film offers a poetic interpretation of this special state of being and aims at reducing fears in dealing with people with dementia and at accepting each person’s humanity.
Genre Society, Human Interest
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2019
Director Stefan Sick
Cinematography Stefan Sick
Producers Ulla Lehmann, Andrea Roggon
Production Company AMA FILM, in co-production with SWR
Runtime 95 min
Format DCP, color, 1:1.78
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital 5.1
Festivals Berlinale 2019 (Perspektive Deutsches Kino)
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg

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