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Forgetting Dad

Available for



Available for screenings until

Apr 01, 2023

Available for screenings in

Worldwide except Germany

About the film

A man suffers a minor car accident, and a week later constructs a new identity, claiming he can't "remember" being a father. Nearly twenty years later, his amnesia persists, yet no brain damage or physical cause are ever found. Enthralling and thought-provoking, 'Forgetting Dad' offers an award-winning case study of dissociation, parental abandonment, and family enmenshment in mental illness.




1h 24m




Matt Sweetwood, Rick Minnich

Awards & recognition

Achtung Berlin 2009

Winner Special Mention of the Documentary Jury Best Documentary

Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2008

Winner Special Jury Award

Dallas Video Festival 2010

Winner Honorable Mention Best Documentary

Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC) 2009

Winner Festival Prize Best Feature-Length Documentary

Shanghai International TV Festival 2010

Nominee Magnolia Award Best History & Biography Documentary

What people are saying

“… a carefully crafted, though-provoking family mystery story about memory. It reminds us that remembering can be even more painful than forgetting.”

David Spiegel, M.D

“Raw and honest. Captures the mystery of these kinds of disorders and how challenging it can be for everyone involved.”

Dr. Catherine C. Classen, University of Toronto

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