I Remember...

The film based on true cases, captures the intense experience of a woman and her family as they come to terms with the early onset of Alzheimer’s – the shattering of hopes, ambition and dreams in the absence of adequate institutional, social and emotional support.

  • Geeta Lal Sahai
    Director
  • Geeta Lal Sahai
    Writer
  • Geeta Lal Sahai
    Producer
  • Gayatri Sharma
    Key Cast
    “Adhira Goswami”
  • Sarbasis Bhattacharya
    Key Cast
    “Gaurav Mazumdar”
  • Shrinkhla Sahai
    Key Cast
    “Shivani”
  • Jaiwanti Shukla
    Key Cast
    “Renu”
  • Amit Pahel
    Key Cast
    “Mohit”
  • Masroor Ahmad
    Key Cast
    “Dr Samina Khan”
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    Full HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Geeta Lal Sahai

Geeta Lal Sahai is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, broadcaster and co-founder of Heart & Soul Media and Founder-President Swayam Foundation (Non-Profit Organisation), India. She has made many documentaries and short films. Her latest film is I REMEMBER...(2018) which has won many national and international awards About her films she says, “I make films on the subjects and issues that concern all of us but are buried under the carpet. Mental health is one such issue.” She is an awarded short story writer and her short stories have been included in an international anthology. Her non-fiction book – Beyond Music, Maestros in Conversation was published by Niyogi books (2015). When not writing, reading or filming, she is busy listening to the unheard, subdued, fearful and shocking narratives by ‘nameless’ women.

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Director Statement

Through my films, I hope to initiate a dialogue on several issues that concern us, our lives and impact our very being in profound ways. Often, these issues are swept under the carpet, more so if they are concerned with mental health. We love living in denial and acceptance means- getting labelled. It is this stigma that can only be removed if we, as a society, are free to accept that talking about mental health is alright.

Many of us only associate 'forgetfulness' with Alzheimer's disease; while some do understand the encompassing tragedy of this ailment, few know that in the present scenario Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises across the world. The facts are shocking - approximately 50 million in the world have Alzheimer's, 4 million Alzheimer's patients are from India and most striking - 2 out of 3 people with Alzheimer's are women. With these statistics, how could I not do anything? It was disturbing.

The campaign call by Alzheimer's Disease International - every 3 seconds someone in the world develops Dementia/Alzheimer’s made me realise that the time has come now where each second counts. Meeting caregivers made me understand the pivotal role they play in supporting Alzheimer’s patients live a dignified life. Through my film – I Remember... I have tried to capture this aspect, along with Alzheimer's patient's internal struggle, the financial pressure for families, the social stigma attached to mental health issues, and the untimely death of dreams and aspirations of caregivers.
I strongly believe that visual storytelling is a powerful tool to start a conversation, a campaign. My goal is to bring visual understanding and dialogue to a disease that has been in the shadows for far too long.