Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

A FILM BY: Ric Burns
STARRING: Oliver Sacks

A month after receiving a fatal diagnosis in January 2015, Oliver Sacks sat down for a series of filmed interviews in his apartment in New York City. For eighty hours, surrounded by family, friends, and notebooks from six decades of thinking and writing about the brain, he talked about his life and work, his abiding sense of wonder at the natural world, and the place of human beings within it. Drawing on these deeply personal reflections, as well as nearly two dozen interviews with close friends, family members, colleagues and patients, and archival material from every point in his life, this film is the story of a beloved doctor and writer who redefined our understanding of the brain and mind.

“A portrait at once tender and thrilling, a movie that presents us with a man who… was that rare if not unique thing, a scientific navigator of the soul.” — Variety
“One of the surprising and moving lessons of this revealing film is how often the most gifted people are unappreciated. [A] thoughtful, deeply affecting film.” — The Hollywood Reporter

Technical Information

Production Year: 2019
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 114 mins
Format: Digital