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“Awakenings” Film Screening and Panel Discussion at the Michigan Theater

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Awakenings” (1990)

The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them.

Join us for a pre-film panel discussion at 6:00 PM with neurology and neurologic disease physicians and scientists from University of Michigan’s Center for RNA Biomedicine: Michelle Hastings, Ph.D.; Maria G. Castro, Ph.D.; Christiane Wobus, Ph.D.; Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D.; Peter Todd, M.D., Ph.D.; and moderated by Nils G. Walter, Ph.D.

Film screening will begin at 7:00 PM. The story of a doctor’s extraordinary work in the Sixties with a group of catatonic patients he finds languishing in a Bronx hospital. Speculating that their rigidity may be akin to an extreme form of Parkinsonism, he seeks permission from his skeptical superiors to treat them with L-dopa, a drug that was used to treat Parkinson’s disease at the time. From director Penny Marshall and starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams.

121 minutes. Drama. PG-13.

$10.50 General | $8.50 Students, Seniors, U.S. Veterans | $8 MTF Members

Presented with the University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine, Michigan Medicine and Michigan Theater Foundation


Wednesday, September 27, 2023
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm