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Almost Home

by Brad Lichtenstein and Lisa Gildehaus

Shot on location in a nursing home, Almost Home tells the real stories of aging: couples both bonded and divided by disability, children torn between caring for their parents and their children, nursing assistants doing unsavory work for poverty wages, healthy elders fearful of moving to the dreaded nursing home, and a visionary nursing home director committed to changes that would shuck the nursing home stigma and alleviate such dread.

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Almost There

by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden

Outsider artist Peter Anton, 82, has spent decades obsessively chronicling his rollercoaster of a life into a massive, illustrated autobiography, and nothing — not poverty, isolation, or crippling disabilities — will stop him from seeing it published.

And Thou Shalt Honor...

by Harry Wiland and Dale Bell

This two-part series explores the increasing role caregiving for aging loved ones in the lives of all Americans, regardless of income, ethnic background, or geographic location.

Before You Know It

by PJ Raval

Set in Harlem, Portland, and Galveston, this documentary captures the experiences of several LGBTQ seniors as they navigate the adventures, challenges, and surprises of their “golden years.”

China

by Jeffrey Wray

When a sick, elderly man zealously takes up martial arts, his marriage is put to the test in this surprising drama of love challenged and renewed.

The Cracker Man

by Bruce Kuerten and John DiJulio

An offbeat drama of a life deferred: a woman struggles with duty, flirts with possibility, and ultimately survives catastrophic change.

Double Exposure

by Kit-Yin Snyder

An artist and self-proclaimed “old Chinese lady” sets out to explore her own identity and prove it’s never too late to take a risk by making her first film at the age of 68.

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A Family Undertaking

by Elizabeth Westrate

Examining the home funeral, a growing new trend in America’s approach to death, this documentary looks at the range of complex psychological, legal, and financial issues that surround funerary services and probes America’s collective attitudes toward life’s only inevitability.

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For Better or For Worse

by David Collier

They still find romance in the most unexpected places and they still argue about the smallest things. Five couples, still together after more than 50 years, have a few choice words for a divorce-prone generation.

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Front Wards, Back Wards

by William C. Rogers

Fernald State School, America’s first institution for individuals with developmental disabilities, was founded in Massachusetts in 1848 and still operates today. It stands as a powerful case study of an endeavor in which the best of intentions go awry.

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