All the Colours of Aging: One World to present documentaries on the beauty and anxiety of aging

Like every stage in life, old age and retirement bring with them their own challenges and themes: loneliness and feeling invisible; disappearing from the centre of events; wear and tear on a body that no longer works like it used to; having a whole host of memories that can, at times, either haunt or evoke nostalgic anguish; reaching that point in your life where you’ve lived more years than the number of years you have left; and the uncertainty and struggle of orienting yourself in a fast-paced world that is constantly changing and innovating. It’s worth examining this unique period in life and getting to understand it better. Try watching one of the films from this year's Old Age Rises category with your grandma or grandpa, or your elderly mom or dad, and then talk to them about how and why we can all enjoy life more when we’re in the final stage of our lives.

You can choose from seven documentaries, each representing a diverse range of possibilities on what life might look like in old age. You’ll be introduced to active pensioners who are living life to the fullest and protagonists who feel a bit lost after working for their entire lives; the latter having only just reached the retirement age and the former having lived in retirement for a number of years.

Maite Alberdi's critically acclaimed and Oscar-nominated documentary, The Mole Agent (2020, 84 minutes), tells the story of a kind widower named Sergio, who secretly infiltrates a retirement home to investigate the alleged mistreatment of one of its clients. Together with Sergio, we learn how the institution operates and get to meet a number of individuals who are spending the last years of their life here.

If you’re looking for something even more adventurous, you can head over to Kenya where you’ll meet a peculiar woman by the name of Gogo, who decided to start primary school when she was 94 years old so that she could finally learn how to read and write. Her presence in the classroom is welcome by all, as is her rich life experience. After a few years, however, her eyesight begins to deteriorate and Gogo is faced with a series of important trials and tribulations. This fairy-tale film tells the story of an elderly woman living her best life with the belief that education is man's greatest asset. This is a woman who has become the personification of the motto “It’s never too late.”

Heddy Honigmann’s documentary film, 100Up (2020, 92 minutes), journeys to the four corners of the developed world, capturing the different ways that people might experience life after turning 100 years old. Some are still learning how to play the drums while others spend their time tending to their gardens in the countryside. In the intimate, personal film, Papa s’en va (2020, 60 minutes), we meet Ralph, the father of the film's director Pauline Horovitz, who has just retired after a years-long career in the medical field and is beginning to get into improv theatre and playing golf.


Starší muž v brýlích pozoruje obrazovku chytrého telefonu. / Elderly man in glasses is looking at smartphone screen.
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