Unraveled is an experimental documentary that combines memoir with scientific investigation to tell a story of family ties, the fragility of memory, and the randomness of inheritance.
Director Katrina Fullman embarks on a journey to understand her family legacy of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a devastating affliction that destroyed both her mother and grandmother. Along the way, she visits the labs of top AD researchers, a convent for retired nuns, her motherís Medicaid nursing home, a genetic counselorís office, and an ancestral graveyard.
Unraveled offers a candid portrait of the fears and hopes of Fullman and her four siblings as they come to terms with the slow but steady annihilation of their mother Kay, and the possibility that that they might suffer her fate. At the same time, it demystifies the current understanding of genetics and AD while making clear the limits of science in fighting this tragic disease.
Feauturing Dr. Rudolph Tanzi and Dr. David Snowdon, two of Americaís top AD researchers, and journalist David Shenk, author of The Forgetting: Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic.