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'Alive Inside,' a documentary about therapeutic music, comes to Boise

The winner of the Documentary Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival,   Alive Inside,  premieres at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at The Flicks Theater in Boise.

The film chronicles the experiences of individuals who have been revitalized through the experience of listening to music and demonstrates music’s ability to combat memory loss through recorded music. Neurologist and best-selling author Oliver Sacks and musician Bobby McFerrin also appear in the film.

A discussion will follow the film. Oni Kinberg, a social worker at the Idaho State Veterans Home, and Vicky Jekich, a certified music practitioner and founder of Merina Healing Arts Foundation, will discuss their work with local residents.

Information on therapeutic music programs,  Alzheimer’s support services and creative arts therapies will be available. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Flicks box office, or $15 at the door.  

Proceeds from the event benefit the Merina Healing Arts Foundation.

Kinberg is piloting the Music & Memory program featured in the film at the Idaho State Veterans Home, and Jekich, a certified music practitioner, has provided live therapeutic music for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients, in addition to those in hospitals, extended-care facilities and in-home hospice care.

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