‘Tell Me Who I Am’ Trailer: Memory Loss and a Fabricated Past in a Stunning-Looking Netflix Documentary


Check out the trailer that Netflix has released for Tell Me Who I Am, an upcoming documentary that follows a man who discovers that key parts of his past have been hidden from him.

It looks like something you could only see in a cinematic thriller-drama. The doco follows Alex Lewis, a man who has an accident and awakens in a hospital, where the only thing he can remember is that he has his a twin brother, Marcus. Over a trying period, Marcus attempts to answer Alex’s many questions, who he is and their family history. What sounds like a regular, even privileged upbringing is soon shattered when it’s brought to light that much of what Marcus has told him has been a glossy fantasy to protect him from a painful family secret.

As you can see from the trailer below, this looks absolutely riveting, unfolding like a mystery with a deeply emotional core. It’s the feature documentary debut for Ed Perkins, who was nominated for a Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar for 2008’s Black Sheep. On board as producer is two-time Oscar winner Simon Chinn, who produced/exec produced outstanding documentaries Man on Wire, Project Nim, The Imposter and Searching for Sugarman.

Tell Me Who I Am will be arriving on Netflix on October 18.

Official synopsis for Tell Me Who I Am:

When 18-year-old Alex Lewis wakes up from a coma after surviving a motorcycle accident, the world is not one he remembers. He has forgotten everything. His home. His parents. He can’t even remember his own name. The only thing he does know is that the person sitting next to him is his identical twin brother, Marcus. Alex relies on Marcus to give him his memory back; to tell him who he is. But the idyllic childhood Marcus paints for his twin conceals a dark family secret. Now, after decades of hiding the painful realities of their past, Alex and Marcus go on an extraordinary journey together to face the truth and finally discover who Alex really is. Directed by Academy Award nominee Ed Perkins, TELL ME WHO I AM is a heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful voyage that explores the blurred boundaries of memory and reality, and the emotional bonds that allow us to survive.



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