Sing, They All Said, Just Sing
Director: Sakshi Chadha | 14 min | 2019 | New Zealand
This year’s Doc Edge Film Festival includes a short film featuring Auckland’s CeleBRation Choir – a community singing group for people with communication difficulties (voice, speech, language, memory) related to acquired neurological conditions. Led by music therapist Alison Talmage, the choir is an initiative of the University of Auckland’s Centre for Brain Research.
In this moving documentary, three members of the CeleBRation Choir with varying acquired neurological conditions, from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s disease to Aphasia, talk about the positive impact community singing has had on their lives.
The 2020 Doc Edge Film Festival runs until Sunday 5 July and showcases 83 of the world’s best documentary feature films. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Doc Edge is running the first ever entirely online film festival and free schools programme exclusive to New Zealand audiences and communities across the country. The organisers say: “We want to offer as much of a true film festival experience as possible online, with scheduled screenings to watch with friends and family and Q&A sessions with filmmakers.”
Please note that you need to create an account to access the films, and they are only available to New Zealand subscribers. Sign-up is FREE, and the festival ends on 5 July.