From the medicalisation of dementia to the politics of memory and identity in three Spanish documentary films: Bicicleta, cullera, poma, Las voces de la memoria and Bucarest: la memòria perduda

Raquel Medina*

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Abstract

This paper explores how the concept of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is constructed through Spanish media and documentary films and how it is represented. The article analyses three documentary films and the cultural and social contexts in and from which they emerged: Solé´s Bucarest: la memòria perduda [Bucharest: Memory Lost] (2007), Bosch´s Bicicleta, cullera, poma [Bicycle, Spoon, Apple] (2010) , and Frabra’s Las voces de la memoria [Memory´s Voices] (2011). The three documentary films approach AD from different perspectives, creating well-structured discourses of what AD represents for contemporary Spanish society, from medicalisation of AD to issues of personhood and citizenship. These three films are studied from an interdisciplinary perspective, in an effort to strengthen the links between ageing and dementia studies and cultural studies. Examining documentary film representations of AD from these perspectives enables semiotic analyses beyond the aesthetic perspectives of film studies, and the exploration of the articulation of knowledge and power in discourses about AD in contemporary Spain
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1688-1710
Number of pages21
JournalAgeing and Society
Volume34
Issue number10
Early online date27 Jun 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • memory
  • identity
  • documentary film
  • Spain
  • dementia
  • citizenship
  • personhood
  • Spanish politics

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    "El poder de los sentidos en El señor Liberto y los pequeños placeres (Ana Serret, 2017): representaciones de la subjetividad e identidad en las personas con alzhéimer."

    Translated title of the contribution: The power of senses in Mr Liberto and the small pleasures (Ana Serret, 2017): representations of personhood and identity in people living with Alzhéimer.Medina, R., 28 May 2020, In : Bulletin of Contemporary Hispanic Studies. 2, 1, p. 51-68

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  • Cinematic Representations of Alzheimer’s Disease

    Medina, R., Aug 2018, first ed. Palgrave Macmillan. 219 p.

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    Ageing and Dementia in Film

    Raquel Medina (Lecturer)

    21 Nov 2019

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    8th international conference of cultural gerontology

    Raquel Medina (Participant)

    10 Apr 201412 Apr 2014

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