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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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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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Goodbye Solo

by Ramin Bahrani

An elderly man hires Solo, a Senegalese cab driver, to drive him to a mountaintop in North Carolina where he plans to commit suicide.

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Grey Gardens: From East Hampton to Broadway

by Kelly and Lou Gonda, with Albert Maysles

How did two women living in unimaginable squalor and total isolation become legendary icons? And how did their gothic story end up as, of all things, a Broadway musical?

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Herb & Dorothy

by Megumi Sasaki

A couple of modest means manages to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history.

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An Honest Liar

by Tyler Meason

An Honest Liar is the story of world-famous magician, escape artist, and renowned enemy of deception James “The Amazing” Randi, bringing to life Randi’s intricate investigations that publicly exposed psychics, faith healers, and con-artists with quasi-religious fervor.

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

by David Gelb

A thoughtful and elegant meditation on work, family, and the art of perfection, chronicling a master sushi chef’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and a loving yet complicated father.

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Maggie Growls

by Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater

Outraged by being forced to retire at the age of 65, Maggie Kuhn formed the Gray Panthers to fight against mandatory retirement and ageism and improved society's treatment of older Americans.

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Mimi and Dona

by Sophie Sartain

A 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for Dona, a daughter who has an intellectual disability, faces the inevitable and has to find her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary tells the story of a quirky and fiercely devoted mother-daughter duo.

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Sisters: Portrait of a Benedictine Community

by John Hanson, Jack Lind, and Tom Livingston

Sisters follows the lives of the women of St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota as they pursue a balanced life based on the Rule of St. Benedict and face an uncertain future with spirit, conviction, and wit.

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