About The Film
The foremost chronicler of the human mind, renowned neurologist and literary giant Oliver Sacks is posthumously celebrated in this profound, highly engaging, deeply personal memoir. Known to many by the semibiographical Robin Williams movie Awakenings, British-born Sacks captured the public imagination with his eloquent writings on cognitive disorders and the splendors of the natural world. Filmmaker Ric Burns candidly addresses Sacks’ battles with drug addiction, homophobia, and a medical establishment that long shunned his pioneering work. Based largely on interviews shot just after his terminal diagnosis, Sacks is honest and expressive as he comes to terms with the meaning of his existence, and his imminent death.