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Cycle of Memory Film Screening

May 9 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

Join the Windham Public Library, Windham Parks & Recreation Department, and Windham Raymond Adult Education for a special intergenerational screening of “Cycle of Memory”: the new award-winning documentary about two siblings’ bicycle adventure to find the memories their grandfather lost to Alhzheimer’s. 

Mel Schwartz escaped the Great Depression on a bicycle advernture he’d remember for the rest of his life. But when Alzheimer’s takes Mel’s memories away, it’s left to his grandkids to recreate the life-changing bike trip and find those memories again.

Guided by old photographs of the 1945 trip, they search for places aged by time. But while searching for Grandpa Mel’s past, the two are confronted with their own fraught history. If they’re going to complete the turbulent journey, they’ll have to face their own emotional potholes and tumultuous relationship.

With the help of a grandmother learning to live alone for the first time, Mel’s lifelong friend and co-adventurer on the bike trip, and a family collection spanning 1950s film reels to 1990s video tapes, “Cycle of Memory” explores the importance of intergenerational connection, healing painful pasts, and leaving a meaningful time capsule for the future.

Thursday, May 9th; 3:00 – 5:00 pm; WHS Performing Arts Center; Q & A with the filmmaker follows the viewing. Admission is free, but a donation of non-perishable food items or personal care products would be most appreciated!

Bicycle Coalition of Maine