Distributor:  MediaStorm
Length:  16 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, college, adults
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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Rite of Passage

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When Madje grew old and her dementia didn't allow her to live alone anymore, her only child, successful photojournalist Maggie, took her from Texas to Miami to take care of her, and documented Madje's life in an assisted living facility.

Rite of Passage

Maggie Steber was an only child. Madje Steber was a single parent. When Madje grew old and her dementia didn't allow her to live alone anymore, successful photojournalist Maggie took her from Texas to Miami to take care of her. Over the next few years, Maggie turned her professional eye on her own life, documenting Madje's life in an assisted living facility. The images speak to the pain of loss, the complexities of a mother-daughter relationship, and the fragility of life.

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Webby Year: 2013 Place: Honoree Category: Documentary: Individual Episode FotoWeek DC International Year: 2012 Place: Honorable Mention Category: Multimedia


Main credits

Steber, Maggie (filmmaker)
Steber, Maggie (photographer)
Steber, Maggie (videographer)
Steber, Maggie (interviewee)
Finch, Rob (film producer)
Redfearn, Jennifer (film producer)

Other credits

Photography and video, Maggie Steber.

Distributor credits

Brian Storm

Photography and Video: Maggie Steber
A film by: MediaStorm
Additional Video and Photography: Catherine Spangler, Annie Etheridge, Alexandra Avakian
Editor and Producer: Jennifer Redfearn
Associate Producer: Tim McLaughlin, Caitlyn Greene
Graphics: Joe Fuller
Director and Executive Producer: Brian Storm

Docuseek2 subjects

Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Grief and Recovery
Death and Dying

Distributor subjects

Aging, dementia, women studies, family issues, psychology, sociology, healthcare, grief and recovery, death and dying, depression, photojournalist


Maggie Steber, Brian Storm, Tim McLaughlin, Rob Finch, Jennifer Redfearn, dementia, alzheimers, love, death, disease, Texas, Miami, photojournalist, baby boomer, assisted living,; "Rite of Passage"; MediaStorm

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