Vancouver Premiere of ‘Love and Empty Words’: A Polish Documentary About Dementia and Caregiving

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 7:30pm
The Cinematheque, Vancouver
Polish, with English subtitles
Director: Małgorzata Imielska 78 min DCP

Vancouver Premiere! Married for almost forty years, Adam and Wanda’s hopes that their happy life will continue into old age are shattered when Wanda is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. The documentary picks up several years after Wanda is first diagnosed, when she is rapidly deteriorating, and follows the couple over the next three years. Love and Empty Words is ultimately a stirring portrait of the enduring strength of love.

Post-screening discussion with Maria Howard, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of B.C. Maria holds an MBA in Leadership (University of Athabasca) and an M.Ed in Rehabilitation (University of Washington). She is treasurer of the B.C. Lower Mainland Executive for the Canadian College of Health Leaders and a Director on Imagine Canada’s Standards Council.

Moderated by Dr. Harry Karlinsky, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia.

Co-sponsored by the Alzheimer Society of B.C. and the B.C. Psychogeriatric Association.