From the medicalisation of dementia to the politics of memory and identity in three Spanish documentary films:Bicicleta, cullera, poma, Las voces de la memoria and Bucarest: la memòria perduda


This paper explores how the concept of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is constructed through Spanish media and documentary films and how it is represented. The article analyses three documentary films and the cultural and social contexts in and from which they emerged: Solé´s Bucarest: la memòria perduda [Bucharest: Memory Lost] (2007), Bosch´s Bicicleta, cullera, poma [Bicycle, Spoon, Apple] (2010) , and Frabra’s Las voces de la memoria [Memory´s Voices] (2011). The three documentary films approach AD from different perspectives, creating well-structured discourses of what AD represents for contemporary Spanish society, from medicalisation of AD to issues of personhood and citizenship. These three films are studied from an interdisciplinary perspective, in an effort to strengthen the links between ageing and dementia studies and cultural studies. Examining documentary film representations of AD from these perspectives enables semiotic analyses beyond the aesthetic perspectives of film studies, and the exploration of the articulation of knowledge and power in discourses about AD in contemporary Spain

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Spanish
Languages & Social Sciences
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Language Research at Aston (CLaRA)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alzheimer's disease,memory,identity,documentary film,Spain,dementia,citizenship,personhood,Spanish politics,Geriatrics and Gerontology,Health(social science),Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health,Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous),Social Psychology
Full Text Link: http://journals ... g/repo_A89aqBXE
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-11
Published Online Date: 2013-06-27
Authors: Medina, Raquel ( 0000-0001-7824-3115)



Version: Accepted Version

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