Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 114 minutes

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Oliver Sacks was a famed doctor, best-selling author, and neurologist, whose study of neurological oddities focused on humane treatment of patients. As much as he was committed to treating the disorder, he felt compelled to understand the patient. Author of numerous books, including Awakenings, which was adapted into the feature film starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, Sacks demystified neurological illnesses for the masses. He humanized patients suffering from the most misunderstood neurological disorders by showcasing the richness of their perspectives and challenged mainstream’s compassion by exposing the world’s treatment of them. Despite being good at illustrating others’ stories, he was reluctant to discuss his own past and how it drove his unique treatment methods. When Sacks discovered he had metastatic cancer and only months to live, it became crucial to finish recording his life journey. The documentary, OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE, follows Sacks’ final days as he completes his memoir and reflects on his life’s work. The film is a beautiful profile of a man who turned his troubling past into a mission to dignify all human life. — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:20 PM ET

Friday, March 27, 2020 at 1:40 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles


Global Health Competition

Ric Burns

Leigh Howell, Bonnie Lafave, Kathryn Clinard

Buddy Squires

Li-Shin Yu, Tom Patterson, Chih Hsuan Liang

Print Source

Film Sponsor

Questions? >


Check out our FAQs for answers to common questions about entering the film festival.

Donate >


Your donation helps fulfill our mission to promote artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition.

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • alexa
  • foursquare



We promise you, it will make a difference!

Give Today