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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Curran Lake Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 58 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide:

Copyright Date: 2008
Available in French: No

Forgetful Not Forgotten is an intimate portrait of a family coming to grips with the realities of early-onset Alzheimer's disease. When John Wynn is diagnosed with the disease at the relatively young age of 57, his son, Chris, decides to chronicle his family's journey to John's final days. An honest, moving, and at times heartbreaking film, Forgetful Not Forgotten weaves past and present to both celebrate the man who was and mourn his painfully slow and steady disappearance.

As much as this is a film about the changes Alzheimer's brings to a patient's life, it is even more about how this impacts on family and friends. Forgetful Not Forgotten walks us through Chris and his family's experiences as they are forced to recreate themselves over the course of John's disease – changing from a wife and children to increasingly challenged caregivers. Chris also takes us inside the medical world of Alzheimer's diagnostics and prevention as he tends to his own concerns about this potentially hereditary disease, and the ramifications for his own future.

As a tribute, a personal journey, and a documentary on the broad-reaching effects of an increasingly common disease, Forgetful Not Forgotten succeeds on all levels, delivering an empathetic message of hope and encouragement to anyone touched by Alzheimer's. If nothing else, Forgetful Not Forgotten teaches us an extremely important lesson as we watch a family give so much of themselves to a loved one losing a little more of himself every day: we learn that life is not only about holding on to what we love, but knowing when, and of what, to let go.

"An invaluable insight into how to cope with Alzheimer's. With Forgetful Not Forgotten, Chris Wynn honours both what is lost and what remains."
- Globe & Mail, Henrietta Walmark

“What Wynn has achieved, though, is to bring a little dignity to a disease that generally has no dignity. A remarkable achievement in light of the fact this is his first film.”
- Montreal Gazette

"...is an honest and open view into the affects of Alzheimer’s disease on the Wynn family, the loss experienced throughout the illness, and the strengthening of relationships. Fears, concerns and personal moments are shared in hopes of creating a better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Through the documentary the viewer experiences the impact of the disease on the person with dementia, their family and friends as they adapt to balancing the joys with the struggles that this disease can cause”.
- Christine Wright-Alzheimer Society of Sarnia Lambton

“I saw courage, love and optimism filtering through the sadness, uncertainty and loss. This not only informs my professional life but impacts me personally as my dad is in the middle stages of the disease. The FNF clips of your personal interactions with your father upon his institutionalization came to my mind often and were a source of strength. Thanks”.
- Hyman M. Schipper, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Professor of Neurology and Medicine, McGill University

NOTE:  Click on the Related Document below to read more testimonials from viewers of the film.

Best International Film at the Indie Spirit Film Festival, Colorado Springs, 2009
Broadcast on TVO, Knowledge Network, and SCN 

Links: http://www.forgetfulnotforgotten.com

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FNF Testimonials

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