MOVIES THAT MATTER,
LGBT SUMMIT ON AGING & QCINEMA PRESENT:
GEN SILENT, 3:30
3PM PRE-SCREENING RECEPTION
What would you do if you were old, disabled or ill – and the person feeding you put down the spoon and said that you are going to hell unless you change your sexual preference? Sound absurd? Social workers around the world say it’s happening every day. Gen Silent is the critically acclaimed documentary from filmmaker Stu Maddux that asks six LGBT seniors if they will hide their friends, their spouses- their entire lives in order to survive in the care system. Their surprising decisions are captured through intimate access to their day-to-day lives over the course of a year. It puts a face on what experts in the film call an epidemic: gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that many simply go back into the closet. Unlike any film before, Gen Silent startlingly discovers how oppression in the years before Stonewall now affects older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with fear and isolation. Many who won the first civil rights victories for generations to come are now dying prematurely because they are reluctant to ask for help and have too few friends or family to care for them. Gen Silent shows the disparity in the quality of paid caregiving from mainstream care facilities committed making their LGBT residents safe and happy, to places where LGBT elders face discrimination by staff and bullying by other seniors.
Dir. Stu Maddux. Stu Maddux | 2010 | USA | 70 min | TICKETS
preceded by Alzheimer’s: A Love Story
Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live an average of 8 years after their symptoms first become noticeable- it’s been 12 years for Greg. He lives at a memory care facility in Chicago. Every day a man named Michael comes and visits for a couple hours. No one can say for sure if Gregory knows who Michael is or why he comes every day, but it seems he does. From Michael’s point of view it’s only natural that he do so - after all, Michael has loved Greg since the day they met 40 years ago. Gregory began his next adventure, peacefully, on the other side of life as we know it, seven months after this documentary was completed.
Dir. Gabe Schimmel | 2015 |USA | 16 min | TRAILER
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