These tales are a refreshing contrast to the many sombre testimonials about the injustices and hardships our elders have faced. These delightful stories tell of seniors who have boldly and bravely carved their own paths; who continue to celebrate their unique identities; who express their artistic desires; and who party like there’s no tomorrow!
– Heather Keung
Totte Mitsu, Let’s Go To Russia
Dir. Brian Lye | Canada 2005 | 8:47 | Japanese w/Eng. sub
Two women fight over a camera in this spontaneous film made with the director’s Japanese host mother and her friend.
Brian Lye is a Vancouver-based director who incorporates humour and imagination into personal stories.
Granny’s Rock (Babah no Rock)
Dir. Satoru Yasuda | Japan 2010 | 21:50 | Japanese w/Eng. sub
Miya Yumemi is a 68-year-old artist in Tokyo who is often dismissed as a “crazy” person on the street. However, when director Yasuda first met her, he was intrigued by her commitment to having an outrageous amount of fun every night; he was further fascinated by the thousands upon thousands of unique drawings she has made over her lifetime.
Satoru Yasuda is a director based in Japan and works with CALF, a company that represents Japanese shorts and animation around the world.
Grandpa’s Wet Dream
Dir. Chihiro Amemiya | Japan/USA 2011 | 16:00 | Japanese w/Eng. sub
A 75-year-old Japanese man has been acting in adult videos for 15 years without telling his family.
Chihiro Amemiya was born in Japan and is currently based in New York. She was recently a Women’s International Leadership Program Fellow at the International House of New York.
A Drummer’s Passion
Dir. Mingu Kim* | Canada 2011 | 12:00 | English/Korean w/Eng. sub.
A 70-year-old South Korean legend, Kwon Soon Keun, is an explosive drummer who is famous for his wild and extraordinary showmanship.
Mingu Kim was born in Busan, South Korea, and began his career as a camera operator in 2007. A Drummer’s Passion is his first documentary.
Dir. Shasha Nakhai*, Rich Williamson* | Canada 2011 | 23:00 | English/Ilonggo w/Eng. sub
Eccentric and endearing characters takes us through the rise and fall of an island in the Philippines and its sugarcane industry. Winner of the 2010 Reel Asian Charles Street Video So You Think You Can Pitch? Award
Shasha Nakhai was born in the Philippines. Her first documentary, Baby Not Mine, about Filipino caregivers in Canada, won awards at the Human Rights DocFest and Montreal World Film Festival.
Rich Williamson graduated from Ryerson University and is currently in post-production with his first feature documentary film, Happy Joe.