Dochouse Presents: First Cousin Once Removed

Art & Culture

This Thursday at the Riverside Studios, DocHouse are putting on a very special event with one of the documentary greats of our time, Alan Berliner. Renowned for his intimate films which take a deep look at his personal relationship with family members and the world around him, Berliners career has spanned over 25 years. Following a screening of his latest award-winning documentary, First Cousin Once Removed, the legendary filmmaker will join us for a discussion of the film and a presentation of his other work through clips and thoughts on his method, inspirations and frustrations.


Documenting his mentor, friend and first-cousin-once-removed across five years, award-winning director Alan Berliner takes us deep into the heart of this devastating illness with extraordinary intimacy. A complicated and courageous individual in his youth, Edwin now oscillates between lucidity and unbearable confusion. With tangible love and respect for his subject, Berliner captures moments of great humour and beauty, encouraging Edwin’s poetic spirit to frequently break free of the fog of dementia.

In his prime Edwin Honig was a distinguished and successful poet, translator, literary critic and university lecturer. At 91, however, and in the final stages of Alzheimer’s, he has lost almost all connection with his own past, his family and his personal identity.

Revealing, articulate and moving, First Cousin Once Removed is at once a humanistic portrayal of one person’s journey into mental decline, and a call for us all to look deeper at our relationship with our own memories.

DocHouse are offering The Ransom Note readers the chance to receive tickets for just 5 instead of the usual 7. For more information on this offer email before 5pm Thursday 3rd October.

For full information on this one-off events, you can pop over to the DocHouse site.