Thursday, November 3, 6:30pm
November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Join the Hanson Public Library for a special intergenerational screening of Cycle of Memory: the new award-winning documentary about two siblings’ bicycle adventure to find the memories their grandfather lost to Alzheimer’s.
The film is 72 minutes long and will be followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Hanson Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. massculturalcouncil.org
About the film:
Mel Schwartz escaped the Great Depression on a bicycle adventure he’d remember for the rest of his life. But when Alzheimer’s takes Mel’s memories away, it’s left to his grandkids to recreate the life-changing bike trip and find those memories again.
Guided by old photographs of the 1945 trip, they search for places aged by time. But while searching for Grandpa Mel’s past, the two are confronted with their own fraught history. If they’re going to complete the turbulent journey, they’ll have to face their own emotional potholes and tumultuous relationship.
With the help of a grandmother learning to live alone for the first time, Mel’s lifelong friend and co-adventurer on the bike trip, and a family collection spanning 1950s film reels to 1990s video tapes, Cycle of Memory explores the importance of intergenerational connection, healing painful pasts, and leaving a meaningful time capsule for the future.