Jordi Robert, an established filmmaker currently living and working in Bournemouth, poetically captured his mother’s battle with dementia in his short documentary film Eladia. Combining home movies and family photographs with newer footage from the nursing home, the film sensitively portrays several viewpoints of the illness simultaneously, which builds both a personal portrait of his mother and a universal narrative of dementia.
Alba Ribas, a psychologist at the nursing home, explained; “The director, Jordi Robert, was able to capture with great success the evolution of dementia. With much love and great delicacy, Jordi explains, through the experience with his mother, the different phases through which a patient of a neurodegenerative disease goes. The document reflects how in advanced stages of dementia, physical contact become very important. The showing of affection has much more weight than words, for them empty, because their illness does not allow them to find the meaning.”
Eladia has recently won first prize in the ‘National Open Art (NOA),’ the UK’s leading independent art competition and Best short film at the VOC film festival in Barcelona, as well as been shortlisted for a number of international film festivals. An installation based on this film will be exhibited in London’s ‘ArtRooms 2018.’ You can view Eladia and other short films by Jordi Robert on his website here: http://www.jordirobert.co.uk/work.html