Memory Games

»Without memory we are nothing. Memory makes us human. It’s who we are.«

MEMORY GAMES offers a thrilling insight into the lives of four athletes from the United States, Germany and Mongolia as they compete for the title of World Memory Champion. Their unique approaches to memorizing and recalling mind boggling amounts of information and their life stories form the basis for a visually stunning and thought-provoking documentary that also looks at how memory permeates every aspect of our lives.

Through the use of animation, filmmakers Janet Tobias and Claus Wehlisch explore their striking visualization techniques and give a glimpse into a world of seemingly limitless capacity for memorization, one that might well be open to any of us.



Country of Production
Germany, USA, Sweden

Year of Production


85 min

Janet Tobias and Claus Wehlisch

Production Filmproduktion in co-production with Sierra/Tango Productions, Momento Film, Blinker Filmproduktion, MDR and NDR, in association with Arte, RTS, YLE, Against Gravity and Stefilm

Original Language
English, German, Swedish


Festivals / Awards

DOC NYC New York 2018
Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt/M 2019
RiverRun FF Winston-Salem 2019
DocLands IDF San Rafael 2019
Against Gravity IDF Warsaw 2019