We started work on this documentary in 2011. It was first screened in 2012. In Singapore alone at least a thousand people have watched it on the silver screen. And we were truly surprised at who turned up in the audience. We never expected youths our age to turn up in droves to watch a documentary about dementia.
The Before We Forget documentary is now online. Watch it on Vimeo. Some have have asked if we’re making DVDs because hospitals and nursing homes tend not to have fast internet connections. And sometimes preloading video can be a really messy affair. So we’re looking to see what the demand for DVDs is like before we decide on the quantity we’ll make.
Before We Forget is an Official Selection at the Pyongyang International Film Festival 2012. The Festival will be held from 20-27 September 2012 in Central District, Pyongyang, DPR Korea.
Before We Forget is an Official Selection at the New York Filmmaker’s Festival. The festival will be held from 25-26 August 2012 at the June Havoc Theater, Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36 Street, New York City.
Before We Forget premieres in Singapore as an Official Selection at the Southeast Asian Film Festival 2012 presented by the Singapore Art Museum. The documentary will be screened publicly for the first time on Saturday 24 March 7:30pm at the Moving Image Gallery, Level 2, SAM at 8Q, 8 Queen Street. Directors Jeremy Boo and Lee Xian Jie will be present for a post-screening discussion.
After they realised the stigma of neurological disorders and terminal illnesses perpetuates a culture of fear and ignorance, Jeremy Boo and Lee Xian Jie embarked on their first film, and spent more than a year observing the lives of two women and their families’ struggle with dementia and depression. The interwoven story that emerges explores existential themes of identity, love, sacrifice, religion, and death.
Even as Joyce Fernandez devotes her life to care for her mother, Celine, who suffers from dementia, she must fight her fears with hope when her mother’s health worsens rapidly. Meanwhile, two sisters, both medical doctors, grapple with their mother’s dementia and depression.