Short film will explore the impact dementia has on family relations
01 January 1900
Local spoken word poet and artist, Leah Thorn, will be hosting a screening and discussion of her poignant short film, Watch, which focuses on the impact dementia has on a father and daughter relationship.
The event forms part of Leah’s time as the Leverhulme Artist in residence, a collaboration between the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) at the University of Kent and the England Centre for Practice Development (ECPD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.
The residency, which started in January, will run for 10 months. It will provide the Folkestone artist an opportunity to experience activity in two complementary, but contrasting centres. CHSS focuses on health service research and ECPD on workforce and practice development
Under an umbrella concept of aging, Leah will specifically develop her work during the residency on two themes. The first will focus on dementia and the impact of long-term
conditions on the older person and their family; the second on transitions of women into the first phase of being older. Her work will help the centres with community engagement, bridging the gap between institutions and local communities.
Her short film Watch draws upon her own personal experience of caring for her father who had dementia. In the film she explores how memory is central to a person’s identity and the impact of dementia on family relationships. The film uses the tenderness of language and the insight of humour to explore ideas of loss, vulnerability, survival and memorialisation.
It also stimulates a new way of thinking about the impact of dementia, giving a platform to design a new way of family and community-centred services; as well as a way of getting ‘inside’ the experience of a family living with dementia, which will help to provide an accurate representation of a person-centred and holistic approach to dementia.