Reel Youth is a charitable project that encourages youth to create compelling films about important social issues. Revera has partnered with Reel Youth in the fight to challenge ageism by bringing youth and older adults together through The Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project. Here, Reel Youth’s Artistic Director and Lead Facilitator Erica Køhn reflects on the intergenerational film project:
I grew up a mere two and three hours’ drive from my grandparents. I saw them on the holidays and spent weeks with them in the summer, and I was steeped in both our cultural and family traditions. From them, I learned to garden, sew and the value of a pantry. I found a kinship with my grandparents unparalleled in other parts of my life. I always felt they saw me and loved me for who I really was.
One of the things that excites me most about The Revera and Reel Youth Age Is More Film Project is the intergenerational solidarity it generates. As the rates of international immigration continue to increase, many young people find themselves in separate countries from their grandparents. There is an absence in their lives that elders used to fill with acceptance, wisdom, a sense of place, history and love.
In fact, the United Nations has identified fostering intergenerational connections and solidarity as a core priority for societies around the world. Per the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing from the Second World Assembly on Ageing in 2002, “Solidarity between generations at all levels – in families, communities, and nations – is fundamental for the achievement of a society for all ages.”
I feel like the Age Is More Film Project gifts young people with not only a growing friendship but an increased ease around seniors. The program brings ten young people to a retirement community to learn the art of filmmaking and interviewing. Each of them will get to know a senior and make a documentary about their life. To make a good film, they must listen intently to their senior subject, empathize, and ask insightful questions. These actions are also the foundation for garnering and deepening a friendship. Programs like these build the intergenerational reciprocity and exchange needed for the kind of society that we at Reel Youth hope to foster.
One of the things that excites me most about The Revera and Reel Youth Age Is More Film Project is the intergenerational solidarity it generates
To learn more about the Revera and Reel Youth Age is More Film Project, visit AgeIsMore.com
and watch the behind-the-scenes video: