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This Is What It’s Like to Live in a World Without Smell | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

What is the world like without a sense of smell? Filmmaker Jacob LaMendola interviewed a handful of people with anosmia, a rare condition that makes them unable to perceive odor.
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The interviews are paired with striking visuals that evoke some of the strong smells—both good and bad—that surround us every day. Exploring the richness and depth that smell brings to our lives, the film is a good reminder to always stop and smell the roses.

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This Is What It’s Like to Live in a World Without Smell | Short Film Showcase

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  • Amazing Grace on June 26, 2020

    I miss everything, total isolation loss of all my memories.. replaced by horrible phantom smells that make me cringe 24/7 365 a year of horror, so sad. Feel filthy e ery minute, feel isolated e ery minute, feel sad w ery second and alone.

  • plymouthlad38 on June 28, 2020

    I have congenital anosmia due to having Kallmann syndrome.

    I still can detect certain aromatics or caustic substances such as bleach or vinegar due to the activation of the trigeminal nerve at the back of the throat but that is more of a sense of taste rather than smell. It is a system that is totally separate from the normal olfactory system.

    I am very sensitive to the texture of food for some reason which makes me a fussy eater.

    The other aspects of having Kallmann syndrome affect my life more than my anosmia but I think I have experienced most of the bad aspects of not being able to smell such as eating spoiled food, leaving the oven on too long and not being aware of personal hygiene and BO when I was teenager.

    There are some smells I perhaps would like to experience but it is not something I think about it every day. I think it must be worse for the people with acquired anosmia as they will be more aware of what they are missing out on.

  • Brooke Harmon on August 13, 2020

    Anyone here because of COVID

  • Tkush Kelley on October 12, 2020

    I was born without the sense of smell, seeing this video and reading the comments, gave a feeling of hopefulness for a split second, because I no longer felt alone, but it was fleeting, because there are so many layers of me that make me different, as well as others, can't help but to feel abnormal and different, that makes me feel broken, and broken makes me feel alone, and that lead to isolation, because it's easier feeling lonely because you choose to stay by yourself and alone(makes you feel like you have some type of control over yourself)
    than to be surrounded by others but still feel alone, thats true loneliness. Plus when they brought up the smell of their children, i think my heart shattered and im now forever traumatized after realizing ill never know what my daughter smells like, but others will, so a whole part of her is missing..

  • Andrian Ryudo on October 18, 2020

    I hve anosmia since i was kid. And never know what is smell

  • Virat Sharma on October 18, 2020

    Post Covid.

  • Johnatan Skyzer on October 19, 2020

    I currently have covid, I can't taste or smell anything. It's so weird. I just found out there are people who go their lives like this. It's weird. Honestly. I literally licked deodorant that I sprayed on my hand and it tasted like nothing. I genuinely would be concerned about getting poisoned if this were a long-term thing.

  • Kate Reid on October 28, 2020

    …broccoli has a smell?

  • 2010camaro on November 1, 2020

    😠The Rock Music Is Too Loud!! You Stupid Shithole Video Maker!!

  • Kiros on November 5, 2020

    The world stinks, be grateful that you don't have to endure it.

  • shawnnie sialana on January 21, 2021

    I don't have Sense of Smell. I knew it since when I was in grade 2 but I don't know if it since when I was born and sad to say that nobody believes in me even my parents. When I was in high school, I stayed in my aunt's house and they discovered that I don't have a sense of Smell and they told my parents. I thought I only have this problem. I hope that I could smell someday in my life. How I wish to have it.

  • EUL alex on January 29, 2021

    I just got anosmia. I think its covid19 !!

  • Eduardo Ferdinandi on January 31, 2021

    I can only sense harsh chemicals when they’re close to my nose, and I can feel mint but it just feels like cold air but only when really close to my nose. I honestly don’t care about not smelling, it’s probably for the best since I apparently have terrible smelling feet.

  • Lisa Cody on February 6, 2021

    2021…..a symptom of Covid- 19.

  • Cat on February 12, 2021

    I realized that I lost my sense of smell when I tried to smell a candle. I was sick at first which didnt stop me from smelling. But as I got better from being sick, my sense of smell started going away. It’s been a month now and I have completely forgot how my husband smells like, what roses smell, lemon. I can’t take naps due to the fact that I’m scared of a fire breaking out and not being able to smell it.

  • yugi tsukasa on February 16, 2021

    my teacher: what do you smell
    me: AIR

  • Princewill Coco on April 14, 2021

    I regained back my sense of smell and taste, after suffering from it for 8 months, All thanks to DR IYHERE on YouTube, his herbs worked well for me🤭🤭

  • Samuel Feynman Tribute page on April 19, 2021

    People will say "Really, you can't smell anything?" and then stick some item in my face and say "What about this?"

  • Anthony Mason on May 25, 2021

    Finally I got cured of Anosmia using an herbal mixture from Dr. Gbenga after series of medication for 4 years, today I got a permanent cure, all thanks to Dr. Gbenga.

  • Ashiru Salmanu on May 27, 2021

    I regain my sense of taste and smell 100% thanks to Dr ehisz on YouTube

  • Jane Fernandes on June 25, 2021

    I am 12 years old and I have conjenital anosmia. At first I used to think that I have to learn to smell. But I got a bit happy watching this video getting to know that I am not the only one

  • Alvalos Franklin on July 2, 2021

    Dr Ehisz on YouTube cure me after 7 months I lost my sense of taste. Search for him on YouTube so you can also be cured.

  • Brittany Libon on August 9, 2021

    I have anosmia and relate to all of this. I even had a dream once that I could smell honey and it seemed so real! I used to not care that I couldn’t smell but as I get older I think it makes me more and more depressed that I cant experience life in the way most people can.

  • Girl Who Can't Smell on August 29, 2021

    I have congenital anosmia. Been advocating for the recognition of
    this condition too because when I grew up…I had no one to turn to. I used
    to feel like not many people could
    understand. It affected me in many ways. I couldn't tell others because I
    learned that a barrage of questions such as "but can you taste?" or
    "Are you sure?" would ensue. Now I raise awareness about anosmia so no
    one else feels they are alone. Glad there are more videos such as these. Thank you!

  • CJeditz on November 24, 2021

    I have congenital anosmia and I can relate to lots of these things

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  • Marry James on November 27, 2021

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  • Golden's Humour on November 29, 2021

    I have anosmia too this video makes me little happy

  • Jeff worship1 on December 2, 2021

    I know exactly what you going through, Have you tried Alternative Herbs from Dr Isibor on youtube? I was able to get back my sense of smell with his herbal treatment

  • Lily Same on December 27, 2021

    I wish I knew what food was like…it's all mush to me, I go by texter when I eat, altho I was born with no smell

  • Jomar Galicia on January 13, 2022

    I have color blindness, I didn't knew this loss of smell was a thing too

  • David Leo on January 24, 2022

    Nice Video…..
    It was Dr Eromon who Cured me from Anosmia, I can Smell and Taste now, all thanks to Dr Eromon on YouTube

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