Aging / Gerontology

LINEFORK
LINEFORK

Anthropology  American Studies  2017  Music  Sensory Ethnography Lab  Cinema Studies  Aging / Gerontology 

Meet Lee and Opal, an elderly couple living in the Appalachian Mountains. Recorded over three years, Linefork is an observational film about marriage, community, resilience, and the raw yet delicate music of an unheralded banjo legend, linked to the past yet immediately present.

ALMOST THERE
ALMOST THERE

Kartemquin Films  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Disabilities  Cinema Studies  Media Studies  Family Relations  Criminal & Law  Health  American Studies  Photography  Human Sexuality  2017 

Humorous and candid, Kartemquin Films' documentary Almost There is a fascinating portrait of eccentric "outsider" artist Peter Anton. Living in a home that has been consumed by mold and filth, the octogenarian has produced a startling collection of unseen paintings, drawings, and notebooks. The film’s remarkable journey follows this witty and gifted artist through startling twists and turns.

FLORE
FLORE

2015  Health  Disabilities  Death & Dying  Art History  Aging / Gerontology  Medicine 

A touching film about hope and dignity that asks how we as a society care for our elderly, Flore is an intimate documentary about the director's relationship with his mother, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. Refusing to watch his mother waste away under hospital care, Lievre brings her to a seaside cottage in Corsica, where despite all the doctors’ prognoses, she begins to recover.

STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE

Sensory Ethnography Lab  2014  Anthropology  Photography  Aging / Gerontology  Middle Eastern Studies  Art History  Directed by Women 

"The Arab governments pushed us out of our homes… I was twelve years old… I’ve been here for 60 years." A beautiful, poignant, documentary, Still Life examines the effect a collection of personal photos showing life in Palestine before the 1948 displacement have on an elderly Palestinian fisherman living in exile in Lebanon.

PRISON TERMINAL: the last days of private jack hall
PRISON TERMINAL: the last days of private jack hall

Short Films  2014  Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Death & Dying  Criminal & Law  American Studies  Aging / Gerontology  African-American Studies 

2014 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, Prison Terminal is an extraordinary chronicle of death and dignity behind bars, an incredibly moving story of a terminally ill prisoner's final days and the hospice volunteers (prisoners themselves) who care for him. Issues surrounding America's aging prison population and the profound impact hospice programs can have on the lives of the incarcerated are explored in this remarkable film.

WAVUMBA: THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH
WAVUMBA: THEY WHO SMELL OF FISH

Anthropology  Indigenous Studies  African Studies  Environmental Studies  Cultural Studies  Religion & Spirituality  Literature  Aging / Gerontology  2013 

A gorgeously filmed ethnographic portrait of an elderly Kenyan shark fisherman who has a primeval bond with the ocean and its creatures, Wavumba: They Who Smell of Fish delivers an enchanting depiction of Africa's storytelling tradition, where fantasy, dreams, belief and reality blend.

SILVER GIRLS
SILVER GIRLS

Women's Studies  Human Sexuality  Aging / Gerontology  Sociology  2011  Directed by Women 

A portrait of three women over the age of 50 earning a living as prostitutes, Silver Girls approaches this oft-explored subject from a refreshingly different perspective; discussing sex, sexuality, social mores, aging, female empowerment and independence in a candid, insightful but non-exploitative manner.

A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square
A PLACE TO LIVE: the story of triangle square

LGBTQ  Aging / Gerontology  Urban Studies  Architecture  2009  Directed by Women 

What does it mean to be gay and old in America? A Place to Live: The Story of Triangle Square addresses this issue by following the construction and development of the country's first affordable housing facility for LGBT seniors.

IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS

Russia  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Aging / Gerontology 

A beautiful and poetic film about the last remaining Jews in Birobidzhan, the world's first Jewish autonomous region, established in a distant corner of Siberia in the 1920s.

THE ANGELMAKERS
THE ANGELMAKERS

Women's Studies  Alcohol & Drug Abuse  Aging / Gerontology  Eastern Europe  Death & Dying  Criminal & Law  Sociology  Psychology & Psychiatry  Directed by Women 

In a sleepy Hungarian village, after the First World War, a series of arsenic murders took place. Over 140 bodies were discovered. The victims, all men, were apparently killed by their wives.

COMPANIONS: TALES FROM THE CLOSET
COMPANIONS: TALES FROM THE CLOSET

LGBTQ  Women's Studies  Aging / Gerontology  Directed by Women 

In this documentary about lesbian love, five elderly Swedish women, ages sixty to seventy-five, discuss their lives during a period when homosexuality was considered a perversion.

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VIEW FROM THE INSIDE: YOU'RE NEVER OVER LOVE

Psychology & Psychiatry  Health  Disabilities  Death & Dying  Aging / Gerontology  Directed by Women 

In Just Ordinary Days, Cindy, a 47-year-old woman with terminal cancer, discussed her imminent death. Three years later, the people closest to her present the next chapter in her story. Supported by health-care professionals and members of the clergy, Cindy’s family members and friends talk about what her loss has meant to them, how they are coping with that loss, and how they have found ways to keep her in their lives.

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TO LIVE TO BE 140

Latin-American Studies  Death & Dying  Cultural Studies  Anthropology  Aging / Gerontology  Sociology 

This video features an interview with Dr. Alexander lief, a gerontology specialist at Harvard University and the Massachusetts General Hospital, who discusses his on-location study of the people living in the Andean village of Vilcabamba in Ecuador.

AGING: THE SEARCH FOR ETERNAL YOUTH
AGING: THE SEARCH FOR ETERNAL YOUTH

Aging / Gerontology  American Studies  Health  Psychology & Psychiatry  Sociology 

Dr. Robert Butler, a psychiatrist and specialist in gerontology, discusses the ways in which American society compartmentalizes people into age groups and discriminates aginst its senior citizens, who often face neglect, a lack of emotional and intellectual stimulation and economic hardship.

SID AT 90
SID AT 90

Aging / Gerontology  Cinema Studies  Jewish Studies  Performing Arts 

Profiles actor, comedian, impersonator and variety performer Sid Raymond, in the process challenging the assumption that celebrity defines success.

AIDS IN THE BARRIO
AIDS IN THE BARRIO

Short Films  American Studies  Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Latino Studies  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines the impact of AIDS within Hispanic-American communities, focusing on the specific economic, social and cultural factors which influence perception of the AIDS crisis, including macho attitudes about sexuality, traditional relations between men and women, prejudices against homosexuality, and the prevalence of drug abuse.

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GOSPEL OF AIDS

African Studies  Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Sociology 

Examines the rapid spread of the AIDS epidemic in Africa, focusing on the small nation of Rwanda.

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AIDS BABIES

Aging / Gerontology  AIDS  Health  Sociology  Directed by Women 

Examines the plight of babies born with AIDS, focusing on the inspiring examples of dedicated caregivers such as Mother Hale, founder of Hale House in New York City, and Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-ross, filmed at her House of Peace in West Virginia.

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DARE TO BE 100

Aging / Gerontology  Health 

This video features an interview with Walter M. Bortz, M.D., author of the best-selling book, We Live Too Short and Die Too Long. Bortz, a clinical associate professor at the Stanford University Medical School and former Chair of the American Geriatrics Society, contends in this video that living to the age of 100, and even beyond, is natural.

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THE AGE TO BE

Aging / Gerontology  Directed by Women 

This video on the longevity revolution profiles pioneering seniors who are actively challenging stereotypes about retirement and a passive old age.

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