Before We Forget

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Before We Forget
Directed by
Produced by
  • Jeremy Boo
  • Lee Xian Jie
  • Jeremy Boo
  • Lee Xian Jie
Edited by
  • Jeremy Boo
  • Lee Xian Jie
Release date
10 September 2011 (Singapore)
Running time
54 minutes

Before We Forget is a 2011 observational documentary film about two women with dementia, who live in an Asian society where terminal illnesses and dying remain taboo. It is directed by Singaporean first-time filmmakers Jeremy Boo and Lee Xian Jie, who have also started an online platform that encourages people in Asia to share their experiences about dementia.[1]


The film tells the story of Joyce Fernandez, a 50-year-old woman caring for her mother, Celine Fernandez, who has had Alzheimer's Disease for 7 years.[2] When Celine suffers a mild stroke and is hospitalized for over three months, Joyce attempts to keep herself together, especially after Celine loses all of what little speech and she originally had. The duo, staunch Catholics, keep their heads above the emotional turmoil through daily prayer.

The documentary also captures frank interviews with Dr Irene Giam (PhD), a former mathematics tutor and atheist, with strong views about death in the face of terminal illness. She is first filmed after being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, likely due to systemic fibrosis, an autoimmune disorder which affects her breathing. After she is warded in a hospice because of her rapidly worsening health, vascular dementia causes her to forget the frequent visits by her husband and deepens her feelings of loneliness.[3]


  1. ^ "'Before We Forget' web project puts spotlight on dementia". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  2. ^ "Before We Forget - Reader's Digest Asia (October 2011)". Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  3. ^ "Rewriting the obituary". 2011-05-23. Retrieved 2014-02-06.

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