MNEMOPHRENIA picked up the Festival Director’s Commendation Award at the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival (USA).
Mnemophrenia /ni-mä-frē-nē-ə/ noun: A condition or a state characterized by the coexistence of real and artificial memories, which affects the subject’s sense of identity.
Three intertwining stories explore the effects of MNEMOPHRENIA...
Three intertwining stories explore the effects of MNEMOPHRENIA, a new psychosis caused by advanced Virtual Reality that blends real and artifical memories.
In the near future, JEANETTE is making a documentary to raise awareness about the new condition, having discovered her first love Douglas was a fake memory from a VR film series.
Years later, Jeanette’s grandson NICHOLAS – one of the first humans born mnemophrenic – is developing the next generation of the technology, which he believes can be used for good; but he is caught between his own ideals, his funders’ corporate agenda, and an underground group advocating an all-mnemophrenic society.
By the time of his granddaughter ROBYIN, the whole world is mnemophrenic. She is leading research into shared consciousness through mnemophrenia using brain-implanted chips. When she discovers she has a rare blood disease, she sees a rare opportunity to explore her mortality for the benefit of humankind, shepherding it towards its next evolutionary step.
Director Eirini Konstantinidou comments on what is the main theme of MNEMOPHRENIA.
The question it poses is: what is more real than your memories? The technology in the film has created, from an objective perspective, “fake” memories: but the effect those memories have are very real, causing people to make consequential life choices. Each of the characters represents a different opinion about the importance or not of how “real” their memories are. Instead of the purely dystopian futures presented by most sci-fi films, MNEMOPHRENIA offers a glimpse of a technological society that can learn to embrace the different, where empathy can be achieved through technology, and where the merging of biological and digital may lead to a new humankind.