You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t lifts its title from the fragmented mind of Lee Gorewitz. In this unusual documentary, director Scott Kirschenbaum follows Gorewitz, a resident of Danville, California’s Traditions Alzheimer’s & Other Dementia Care Unit, as she goes about her daily life. Always snappily dressed (she chooses earrings each morning and has perfectly painted nails), Gorewitz is the most restless and, in her own way, the most curious patient in the unit. Sometimes sweet (“You’re adorable. I can’t wait to see you again,” she tells one caregiver), she can also turn vicious: “I don’t want to hear it,” she cuts off a tablemate. “I don’t want to know it. And I want you to be somewhere else.” And in between her lively dancing (she gracefully responds to music), Gorewitz sinks into periods of depression. Filmmaker and elder activist Kirschenbaum offers no medical, psychological or other commentary, simply his subject’s thoughts and actions: If his portrait of the disease is relentless, it is also starkly revealing.
Debuts March 29, 10 PM, on the PBS series Independent Lens