In This Short Thriller, The Only Witness To A Murder Has Face Blindness

Prosopagnosia is a cognitive disorder that prevents sufferers from being able to recognize faces. In this short film, a woman is found murdered in her apartment, and the only witness is her best friend, who suffers from prosopagnosia. Naturally, not everything is as it seems.

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Hugo Keijzer directed Prosopagnosia, not a science fiction film, but an interesting example of using a real aspect of cognitive perception to build a mystery. The result is a highly entertaining, if tragic, crime drama.

[via Short of the Week]

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DISCUSSION

I’m always terrified I’m going to be a witness to a crime for this reason. I have Prosopagnosia, though I can sometimes recognize someone if they have a very distinguishing feature - strange shaped nose, eyebrows, hair, etc.

I know the defense would tear me apart on the witness stand, if I could even justify testifying knowing my limitations.