Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  25 minutes
Date:  2000
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Silver Age

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Growing population of elderly worldwide seeks purpose and care.

Life - The Silver Age

Mrs. Bani Gupta is a widow who lives alone in Calcutta. Like so many Indian women, she'd devoted her entire life to looking after her family. So when her husband died and her children left home, she felt she's lost her reason for living.

It was only when she joined the West Bengal Women's Association and realized how many other women were in the same predicament that she discovered a new purpose to her life.

Bani Gupta's story is typical of millions of elderly women worldwide. Advances in science and health care mean that more people are living longer -- with over 560 million aged 60 and over in the world today.

In parts of Europe, North America and Japan, the proportion of older people in the population is rising faster than any other group. The result, often, is a growing population of old people with too few young people to take care of them.

This program explores the implications in three very different countries: Japan, India and Tunisia.

'Increasing numbers of the world's population are living well beyond retirement. In a time of shrinking resources for the middle-class, this film poses the uncomfortable question, 'Who will care for the aged?'' Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado


Silver Images Film Festival


Main credits

Datta, Manjira (film director)
Metcalf, Charlotte (film director)
Hope, David (editor of moving image work)
Sabath, Julian (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (film producer)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Lamb, Robert (editor of moving image work)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)
Gupta, Bani (on-screen participant)
Achour, Mohammed Moncef (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editors, David Hope, Julian Sabath; executive producer, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; series editor, Robert Lamb.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Charlotte Metcalf

Television Trust for the Environment
Charlotte Metcalf
Series Editor: Robert Lamb
Executive Producer: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

Women's Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Health Care Costs
Aging and Geriatrics

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Asian Studies
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
International Studies
Social Justice
United Nations
Women's Studies


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