The Illness and the Odyssey
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Showings
Roxie TheatreSun, Nov 24, 2013 7:00 PM Not Available
 
Fall Season Festival
Fall Season Festival:Cinema by the Bay
Film Info
Year of Prod:2013
Running Time:75
Credits
dir:Berry Minott
cam:Burt Sardoma
Description
Local filmmaker Berry Minott takes us on an epic journey to find the cause—and perhaps the cure—of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and other neurological disorders. Her investigation begins on the Pacific island of Guam, where following the end of WWII, the indigenous Chamorro people were afflicted with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms from a disease called Lytico-Bodig. For years renowned scientists descended on this small village to detect the source of this mysterious illness—was it hereditary, environmental or dietary? This engaging and edifying documentary features rare archival footage and candid interviews with author/neurologist Oliver Sacks, New Yorker columnist Jonathan Weiner and many other noted scientists.
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