18 June 2016 will be An Saol – Day. We’ve organised the Irish premiere of the German award-winning documentary “What you rather be dead?” in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema in the morning and launch “The An Saol Project” in the afternoon in the Distillery Building (Bar Council) in the afternoon. Read on…
At 10:30, the Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin will be the venue for the Irish premiere of the German award-winning movie “Would you rather be dead?“, organised by An Saol, following the life of six severely disabled people who have lived for many years in a care home in Hamburg. They give surprising answers to sometimes unanswerable questions. An endearing, humorous film debut that does not sugar coat, but lets the true beauty of life shine through. The screening will be followed by a discussion.
After lunch, at 14:30, we will launch the An Saol Project in the Distillery Building (Bar Council), Dublin, connecting the practice of neurological rehabilitation with recent research. We will be joined by international experts on neurological rehabilitation and representatives of national and international institutions and organisations working with survivors of severe acquired brain injury (sABI), as well a by survivors of sABI and their families. We will invite Irish politicians to express their support for the project.
The An Saol Project will work with a small number of survivors of sABI and their families, initially over a period of 3 years, to demonstrate how intensive mental and physical activity, as demonstrated by recent research, can significantly improve social integration and quality of life, as well as an improvement in function. The project will be guided by a panel of international experts who will monitor and document progress. International collaborators will ensure that the project will be informed by current best international practice in neurological rehabilitation.
We have invited politicians so that they can hear first hand about the project and express their support. The current list of speakers and participating organisations include:
- Professor Andreas Bender, University of Munich and Therapiezentrum Burgau
- Lebenszentrum Königsborn, Germany
- Headway Ireland
- Families of survivors of sABI