An Elegy To Forgetting
(Elehiya Sa Paglimot)
Taken from the perspective of the filmmaker, this personal documentary gives a first-hand look at his family’s painful yet poignant journey as they deal with their father’s Alzheimer’s Disease and face his worsening physical and mental condition.
The documentary follows the journey of the filmmaker’s parents Pedring and Pining Brugada and present how they cope with Pedring’s worsening condition under Alzheimer’s Disease. Taken from the filmmaker’s personal perspective, the documentary looks at how such crippling diseases gravely affects relationships between couples and family members, and yet at the same time, strengthens the bond between the patient and the caregivers.
It explores personal and social issues that arise in the caregivers’ emotional and mental state as they witness their loved one’s worsening condition and eventual demise from the illness. The film also raises important questions such as whether relatives should consider ending the patient’s suffering, and how they struggle with just ignoring their loved one’s situation in order to live their lives normally.
Furthermore, the film delves into the importance of memories in the human experience, how they make us feel alive, how its power gives us what we need to feel and be human. The filmmaker also reminisces how memories of his father became the catalyst for his family to feel their humanness and helped them come to terms with their own mortality.