Lessons From the World's Oldest People

Streaming Video - 2015
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A young couple, Hunter and Sarah, travel the world learning life lessons from the world's oldest people. The film was shot on location in Montana, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Cuba, and Italy between 2010 and 2012. Hunter Weeks met Walter Breuning in 2010 when Walter was 113 years old. It was a meeting that Hunter couldn't stop thinking about. A year later, Hunter sat down again with Walter Breuning in Great Falls, Montana to talk about his life in the early 1900s and his takeaways from an extraordinarily long life. Walter could talk at length about his earliest memories, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the Great Depression, and both World Wars. Besse Cooper would often only speak when she needed something. Walter lived nearly independently at a retirement home while Besse spent much of her time in bed. Though so close in age, their lifestyles varied greatly. Fascinated with the differences between Besse and Walter, Hunter and Sarah also sought out supercentenarians; Juana Bautista, Ruth Anderson, Mary Tankursley, and Sister Cecilia Gaudette. Juxtaposing a couple at the start of their life together and supercentenarians nearing the end of the road, this film is less about science and longevity and more about the lessons and values for living a happy life with the time you have.
Publisher: [United States] : Janson Media : Made available through hoopla, 2015
Branch Call Number: EVIDEO HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 54 min.)) : sound, color
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)


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Jan 05, 2017

A very disappointing documentary. A couple create a film that centres on their relationship and their experiences in meeting REALLY OLD PEOPLE. It feels like they and others in the film are exploiting these folks with little regard to their humanity and their feelings. As I watched it, I thought of my own mother who lived to an old age and how she would have been outraged if a film crew took and shared with the world clips like the ones I watched. Some concerning scenes were very personal, while they were sleeping, snoring, barely able to hear or speak. There were no life lessons, more of a carnival feel... "Look at the old people!" The doc "Alive Inside" is much better if you want to understand the elderly and be transported back to a nearly lost era.


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