The National Centre for Dance Therapy and the community investment project What Connects Us are glad to invite the Montreal community to a free film screening of Dear Audrey.
Directed and produced by Jeremiah Hayes, this film tells the story of Martin Duckworth and his wife Audrey Schirmer, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Jeremiah Hayes, Martin Duckworth and Marie Christine Le Bourdais (Director, Program and Services Montreal Alzheimer Society) moderated by Keven Lee.
This event is offered in collaboration with What Connects Us, with the support of the National Film Board of Canada.
On Wednesday, December 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
At the Grands Ballets Canadiens: 1435 de Bleury, 1st floor, Montreal, QC, H3A 2H7.
Film in English, with subtitles in French.
The event is free of charge but you will need to register to save your spot.
Acclaimed activist-filmmaker Martin Duckworth has devoted his life to peace and justice. But now he’s put down his camera to fight for the most important cause he’s ever faced—caring for his wife, Audrey Schirmer, through the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Martin tirelessly embraces each new chapter with grace and resilience, demonstrating his unconditional loyalty as he finds new reasons to love her each day.
Dear Audrey weaves an intricate portrait of the couple’s gritty yet tender reality and takes us back to their adventures, from the front lines of the anti-Vietnam War protests to the hippie counterculture movement, using excerpts from Martin’s films and Audrey’s stunning photography.
The film is a powerful testament to Martin’s love and devotion, which deepens over the decades. While Audrey gradually fades away—and their autistic daughter, Jacqueline, struggles with her mother’s illness—Martin commits everything he’s got to making their lives creative and meaningful.