Celebrating the Sapporo screenings of "毎日がアルツハイマー" with director Yuka Sekiguchi.
She came to Sapporo Plaza 2.5 on Saturday and talked about her two documentary films on the subject of family life with Alzheimer's and care ideas in Japan and England.
Thankyou to the audience who gave up a wonderful sunny afternoon to come to a dark movie theater - and a special thankyou to Imagine students and friends who helped me organise the event.
Like me, many people were moved by the films and Sekiguchi-san's message: that while Alzheimer's is a hard disease for sufferers and their carers, it is not all bad - there is a kind of release from social norms and necessities. Life can become simpler.
I live with a family member who suffers from dementia and these films touched my heart. They gave me strength and acceptance to gently go week to week as a carer.
If you didn't manage to come to the event: I have a personal copy of the first film on DVD and if you ask me very very nicely...I will lend it to you :-)