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A film by Banker White and Anna Fitch

Runtime: 84 minutes

Closed Captioning included


About this film

THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease as her son, the filmmaker, lovingly documents her struggles to retain her sense of self. 

After she is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change for Pam and everyone around her. Pam's husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver. Her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother. And Pam deals with the fear that she will be institutionalized for her disease, as her own mother was before she died of Alzheimer’s in 2001.

As our population ages and so many are connected to someone struggling with Alzheimer’s, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN offers inspiration, illuminating the love and dignity to be found along the journey.


Institutional & Public Viewing Edition includes an unlimited public performance license for a SINGLE VENUE. This version may not be screened in a commercial theater and an admission fee may NOT be charged.

K-12 Classroom Edition is for small K-12 classroom use ONLY. This version may also be purchased for private or home use.

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