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Dementia documentary chosen for international festival

A documentary focusing on dementia care at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has been chosen as one of the opening films at Aichi International Women's Film Festival in Japan on 3 September.

'Everyday Is Alzheimer’s 2' has been produced by renowned Japanese filmmaker Yuka Sekiguchi, who visited Norwich last year to interview experts from the Trust and the University of East Anglia (UEA).

The new film is the sequel to the acclaimed 'Everyday Is Alzheimer's', which featured Yuka's mother and was sponsored by pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo and has been endorsed by Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, and the Japanese Psychogeriatric Society.

Yuka observed and filmed care staff at Hammerton Court, and interviewed the Trust's Dr Hugo de Waal, the UEA's Dr Chris Fox (Senior Clinical Lecturer), Prof Kenneth Laidlaw, and Prof Fiona Poland, regarding recent insights and advances in dementia care from an academic viewpoint.

Yuka said: "When my first film was selected for the Aichi International Women's Film Festival 2 years ago, it was a bit of a gamble as dementia was never portrayed positively or openly in Japan.

"However, as a result of that film’s enthusiastic reception, the festival’s organisers are very keen to screen ‘Everyday Is Alzheimer’s 2’ to a larger capacity audience, who will be able to see the great work that Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust does caring for those with dementia."

Dr de Waal said: "Yuka's new film has provided an excellent opportunity to establish international links between those involved in providing and improving dementia care in Japan and the UK, as well as enabling exchange of insights and fostering mutual learning."