Always a stranger: When a Mother doesn’t recognize her children
For Judith G., Angela Merkel looks like Madonna and Til Schweiger could also be Bruce Willis. She cannot differentiate between people by their faces, not even her own children. The young woman suffers from prosopagnosia, better known as face blindness: a disease so rare that only two percent of germans suffer from it.
When her kids need a haircut, Judith G. does it herself so she can memorize their new look. Otherwise, she would not be able to recognize them and feel surrounded by “strangers” in her own home. People with face blindness need reminders like hair cuts, smells or clothing to identify people.
For a long time, Judith G. thought her only problem would be a bad memory. But a few years ago, doctors diagnosed prosopagnosia. Unfortunately, it is hereditary and most likely two of her children are affected. “Fascinating Life” follows Judith G. and her family. With the help of Germany’s leading prosopagnosia expert, they try to find out how serious the children’s face blindness is.
|Judith Stein (Focus TV)|
|Patrick Pucknus, André Spauke|
|15 min 26 sec|