See Memory Synopsis

See Memory is a short film by Viviane Silvera made out of 10,000 painting stills. The title was inspired by an essay by Oliver Sacks entitled Speak Memory that appeared in the New York Review of Books in 2013.  The film explores how our memories define who we are, how we remember, and the inextricable link between memory and imagination.

See Memory’s main character is a girl who we meet walking through Central Park on a winter’s day.  She is alone and disconnected, lost within the world of her suffering--unable to decipher reality from dream.   She enters therapy and gradually connects with the therapist who bears witness to her story.  Leaving, she re-enters the park transformed by the sharing her story--everything looks and feels completely different.

Research in neuroscience has shown that from the moment we recall them, memories are in flux, interacting and mingling with imagination. See Memory explores this idea in shifting layers of imagery with perception interacting with dreams and imagination. Interviews with psychiatrists and neuroscientists guide the imagery in the film, speaking about the purpose and process behind remembering.