EXCLUSIVE: Here’s the first look at It Is Not Over Yet, which offers an immersive look into a controversial “compassion treatment” nursing home for people with dementia in Denmark.
The founding nurse of Dagmarsminde, May Bjerre Eiby, has no interest in specific dementia diagnoses or medicine, since neither improves the quality of life for her 11 residents. Instead, she and her staff have developed a new kind of treatment inspired by the methods introduced by Florence Nightingale 150 years ago, as well as Danish philosopher Løgstrup. ‘Compassion Treatment,’ as May calls it, prioritizes hugs, touch, talking, humor, eye contact, cake, nature, bubbles, and the joy of community.
Louise Detlefsen directed the movie, which premieres in Hot Docs’ Systems Down program. Esther van Messel at First Hand Films is handling sales.
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