As someone notes in the trailer, Oliver Sacks was one of the first doctors to explain and discuss diseases with the general public in a way they could understand. That profoundly changed treatment in the United States, where Sacks spent his career. Born and raised in England, he spent most of his adult life studying neurology and the brain, writing about its intricacies, as well his life and his opinions on the world. His 1973 book Awakenings became an Oscar-nominated film starring Robin Williams as Sacks.
The documentary covers his childhood - including his schizophrenic brother - up to the end of his life, where he was still active and writing. While the talking heads in the trailer don't have an unkind word to say, Sacks still had to battle homophobia and a medical establishment that didn't always care for his boat-rocking ways.
Oliver Sacks: His Own Life will open at Film Forum in New York City (once it's safe), followed by a limited theatrical release and virtual cinema through Kino Lorber's Marquee platform.