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.


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]



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.