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Elderly People

Acting Our Age

With the assistance of the filmmaker, residents of London residing in a home for South Asian elderly, shoot their own video. They interview a wide range of subjects...from people on the street to members of Parliament. This spirited video reveals generational attitudes, cross-cultural values, and everyday problems faced by older, often neglected British citizens. Producer, Deanne Edwards ; director, Gurinder Chadha. 29 min.
Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Aging in America: The Years Ahead

In search of what it means to have a 'good old age', Julie Winokur and Ed Kashi traveled across the country for seven years, collecting scores of personal histories to depict the experience of aging in America. This film traverses the experience of our elders from the wellderly to the elderly, as told through a series of intimate vignettes of people who are living the new old age. Through their stories, we laugh and cry as they celebrate their freedom, apply their wisdom, and suffer the consequences of their bodies' limitations. A film by Julie Winokur and Katie Buono. c2003. 57 min.

American Outrage

Two elderly Western Shoshone sisters, the Danns, put up a heroic fight for their land rights and human rights. Directed by George Gage and Beth Gage. 32 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

Big Mama

Depicts Viola Dees, a devoted, 89-year old grandmother, in her struggle to raise her orphaned 9-year old grandson in South Central Los Angeles. She must contend with her own declining health and a bureaucratic and legal system that continually threatens to force them apart. Directed by Tracy Seretean. 2000. 40 min.
Awards
Academy Award - Best Documentary, Short Subjects San Francisco International Film Festival - Golden Gate Award

Brother's Keeper

Tells the story of the "Ward Boys," four eccentric brothers who shared the same dilapidated two-room shack for over 60 years in Munnsville, N.Y. Living in isolation, without heat or running water, these elderly bachelors had virtually no contact with the outside world--until one was found dead in the bed he shared with his brother. By day's end, Delbert Ward "confessed" to suffocating his ailing brother as an act of mercy, but others in Munnsville believed Delbert had been framed. Was Delbert, an uneducated hermit with a low IQ, an innocent victim of police abuse?

God Bless America and Poland Too.

A Polish immigrant, Frank Popiolek, came to the United States in1911 at age 15, one of 2,000,000 Poles who made the journey. He settled himself in Chicago, a laborer and then a barber. Once established in the US, he began to send for other family members so they could earn enough money to return to Poland financially secure. The program features encounters with 94-year old Popiolek as he returns to his old Chicago barbershop and meets past customers and American grandnieces.

Golden Years(The Way We Live: Introduction to Sociology)

The longevity revolution, cross-cultural differences, stereotypes -- all present challenges to meeting the needs of America's growing population of elderly adults. This lesson explores issues surrounding aging, death and dying, and features the Jewish Home for the Aged in San Francisco -- a nursing home that provides a rich array of programs for it residents. 2005. 27 min.

Grey Gardens (1976)

"Seventy-nine year old Edith Bouvier Beale and her fifty-six year old daughter, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, are Jacqueline Kennedy's aunt and cousin. Living alone with several cats, fleas and raccoons (the latter, wild, which live in the attic but who Edie feeds), the Beale's are discovered living in filth and squalor in Grey Gardens, their 28-room family mansion located in East Hampton, Long Island, the mansion which doesn't even have running water. Edie moved home twenty-four years earlier to care for her ailing mother.

Herb and Dorothy

Tells the story of a postal clerk and a librarian who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. Directed by Megumi Sasaki. 2008. 87 min.

Home for Life

A look at two elderly people in their first month in a home for the aged, as they struggle to remain useful when they are no longer appreciated and can no longer take care of themselves. The film focuses on the feelings of the two new residents in their encounters with other residents, medical staff, social workers, psychiatrists and family. Directed by Gerald Temaner. Kartemquin Films, 1967. 80 min.

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