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PD Movies that Touch the Spirit
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A Sense of Self
This documentary from award-winning Australian journalist Liz Jackson – who passed away earlier this year – tells the story of her Parkinson’s diagnosis, her journey to better understanding the condition and her struggles with its symptoms.
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Love and Other Drugs
“Love & Other Drugs” is based on the book “Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman,” by Jamie Reidy. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Jamie, a drug salesman who meets a woman with early-onset Parkinson’s disease named Maggie (Anne Hathaway). In short, it is a movie about one woman’s journey with PD and how her life and those around her are affected by it.
Awakenings” is a 1990 film based on a book memoir of the same title by Oliver Sacks. It is the story of Malcolm Sayer, who discovered the initial benefits of a drug called L-Dopa in treating catatonic patients from an encephalitis lethargica epidemic. The movie is not necessarily about PD, but it is captivating nonetheless.
Ride with Larry
After battling with Parkinson’s for 20 years and using drugs and brain surgery to treat the condition, Larry Smith looks for an alternative. In this documentary, he discovers the benefits of medical marijuana and exercise – and challenges himself to an incredible 300-mile bike ride across South Dakota, US.
“Capturing Grace” is a documentary about Dance for PD, a Brooklyn-based organization that provides dance classes for people with Parkinson’s. The Everyday Health article’s author, Reilly Bradford, called this film “uplifting and inspirational.”
‘Kinetics’ is a film about an unlikely friendship between Rose, a middle-aged woman with Parkinson’s, and Lukas, a rebellious teenage boy who enjoys free-running. Written by actor Sue Wylie, the film’s characters and depiction of life with Parkinson’s are based on her own experiences.