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My Beautiful Broken Brain

Lotje Sodderland journeys into her own mind to recover and rehabilitate after a hemorrhagic stroke leaves her unable to communicate. As a means of remedial aegis, she began to document her rapidly changing life with her iPhone, and shortly thereafter she asked filmmaker Sophie Robinson to help document her recovery.

Director: Sophie Robinson, Lotje Sodderland
Year: 2014
Time: 86 minutes

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Related Articles and Resources

My Beautiful Broken Brain Reveals the Traumatic, Triumphant Aftermath of a Brain Hemorrhage

Lotje Sodderland in conversation with Vogue

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain-most commonly from a stroke.

Learn more from the National Aphasia Association’s website.

How an Appreciation for the Arts May Boost Stroke Recovery

Study finds that stroke survivors who enjoyed music, painting, and theater had better recovery than patients who did not.

Read the full article here.

‘I felt as if I had become fear itself’: life after a stroke at 34

When film-maker Lotje Sodderland had a severe stroke, she lost the ability to speak, read, write or think coherently. Could she learn to live – and love – with a broken brain?

Read the full article here.


Our interview with Sophie Robinson.

How To Prevent a Stroke

Certain risk factors can increase your chances of having a stroke. Prevent a stroke from happening to you or others by following guidelines recommended on the website of the National Stroke Association.

Stroke Map and Data Sources

Find maps and data on stroke both in the United States and globally at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

A Thief that Robs the Brain of Language

Read more about primary progressive aphasia, a type of dementia that affects the brain’s language center here.


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