The UnLonely Film Festival: Best of Fest

Dotty

About the Filmmaker

Mick Andrews has worked in TV and film in both New Zealand and the UK for almost 20 years. His recent work includes two short documentaries currently playing at film festivals. He loves using film to tell stories with a heartbeat. Brett O’Gorman’s background is in acting and music. Brett has played many roles on both stage and screen including Sir David Frost in the UK Telefeature about Peter Cook, Not Only, But Always.

Dive Even Deeper

Try the following to connect further with the film’s story…

Take an inventory of your most meaningful memories

  • As we all are destined to suffer some memory loss if we are lucky enough to live long enough, what can we do to prepare and face our diminished future selves? One possible answer: document the memories that are most important to you now. Write out a list of memories that you feel are the most meaningful and relevant to the person you are today.
  • Over the next few days, take the time to fill in as much of the details of each memory as you can. Then, plan to revisit the list over the coming months and years to add other memories and experiences.

13 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    my memories are good. my Dad used to take me everywhere he went and bought me what i want most of the times

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  2. Anonymous

    Halfway towards the end, when the younger woman looked at Dotty as she read the text to send to her daughter I realized that her Daughter was the woman helping her, this film made me happy and sad at the same time, happy because Dotty had not forgotten the love she had for her daughter, which allowed her daughter to see how much her mother loves her, but sad because she didn’t know that her daughter was sitting right next to her, Alzheimer’s may rob people of ( memory of) the faces of their loved ones, but It cannot rob them of the love for them

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  3. Anonymous

    This film made me happy and sad at the same time; happy because Alzheimer’s could not make Dotty’s heart forget the love she had for daughter, but that it did her being able to recognize her. I realized it her daughter Carol was woman helping her text when she looked at looked at her while reading the text, powerful teaching moment for her daughter, who initially was in a hurry, to be patient with her mother because in the end all her mother wanted was to express to her daughter was how much she was thinking about her.

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  4. Jenny

    Watching this video made me realize I need to have more patients when dealing with my husband who has MS, and sometimes even with my kids while explaining things to them. This daughter and mom connection really touched my heart!

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  5. T

    This was painful to watch. Worried this might be me one day. Interesting contrast to the last film I watched— I forgot my phone. God bless her caregiver. I hope Dotty’s daughter really is coming to visit.

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  6. Anonymous

    Wow, this was so sad.

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  7. Anonymous

    Heartbreaking to see a loved one with Alzheimer’s- what amazing patience and love she showed her.

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  8. Anonymous

    This was so sad. It was great to see how calm and understanding her daughter was.

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  9. Anonymous

    Very powerful. I had a father who suffered from Alzheimer’s, hadn’t gotten to this stage yet – but in the end would not use our names as much. Very sad, and at the same time a point of action. Volunteer in the Alzheimer’s Walk in your area. Contribute to Alzheimer’s research. The stats on how many people will be affected by Dementia/Alzheimer’s in the next 20-30 years are staggering. Thanks for everyone who put this short piece together!

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  10. Anonymous

    Wonderful to see her reaction when it all worked out. Amazing!

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  11. Anonymous

    Wonderful to see her reaction when it worked out.

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  12. Jennifer

    Memory loss in the elderly is a sad thing. I am very empathetic.

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  13. Anonymous

    Such a terrible disease.

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