I’m Nadine Niemann, a filmmaker whose latest documentary follows Daniel, a German man in his 30s, who developed amnesia after a serious traffic accident and now only has a six-hour memory window. AMA.
Living without Memory on ARTE.tv: https://www.arte.tv/en/videos/082232-000-A/living-without-memory/?cmpid=EN&cmpsrc=Reddit&cmpspt=link
Living without Memory on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pCUhl2d5xU
“February 14th was the day that I didn’t die.” In 2015 Daniel was involved in a serious traffic accident. He survived, but his injuries meant that his brain could no longer create long-term memories.
I’m Nadine Niemann, a documentary film maker from Bremen, Germany who wanted to create a documentary about this remarkable individual who had to rebuild his life without his memories. My film, ‘Living without Memory,’ follows Daniel throughout his therapy, his friendships, his romantic relationship as well as his new life as a father. The film explores the importance of memory and its role in creating personal identity, through the eyes of someone whose brain can no longer create long-term memories: Daniel can only remember things in linear time for six hours.
I previously worked for Radio Bremen and as an editor for ARTE web series such as Looking for Shakespeare. I then got a start as a film director in 2018. My first film is entitled “Living without Memory” and was filmed between 2018 and 2020.
My other film credits include China - From Environmental Sinner to An Eco Role Model? and Synaesthesia - A Life With Linked Senses.