A famous book once said, “The truth will set you free.” When has keeping a secret ever been a good idea? Even if it’s a terrible or one of those forever life-altering secrets. I don’t know; it’s just bad.
Ed Perkins’ documentary, Tell Me Who I Am, is a real story told in three chapters. The first chapter is about Alex Lewis. At 18-years-old, Alex was in a motorcycle accident. His helmet flew off, and he ended up in a coma. Upon waking, Alex suffered almost complete amnesia. The only thing he remembers is the first face he saw, that of his identical twin brother, Marcus.
“…he ended up in a coma. Upon waking, Alex suffered almost complete amnesia.”
Throughout this first chapter, Alex describes what it’s like having complete amnesia. He destroyed his mother emotionally when he couldn’t recognize her. His father wanted little to do with him. Alex had to relearn everything in his life: the layout of his house, what food he liked, who his friends were, his family history. Alex jokes that he lost his virginity…twice. Fortunately, Marcus was there to teach him. Alex trusted Marcus without question. One day, Marcus would bring out family photos and show him pictures on holiday in France. These pictures would be instrumental in piecing Alex’s life together.