Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Family bonds are tested when a young man is left to care for his grandmother one morning. Caregiving for older ailing family members is intimately challenging.
About the FIlmmaker
Christine Turner is a filmmaker based in New York. Her critically-acclaimed documentary Homegoings premiered at Documentary Fortnight at MoMA and was broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV. Christine’s short fiction work includes Rubber Soles, You Can Go and most recently Hold On, which screened at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- How well do you listen to the people around you—particularly those that are close to you? Do you ask open-ended questions? And allow space for conversation to happen? And beyond listening, how good are you at noticing things that are unspoken? Moods or changes in behavior and routines?
- Did the last scene in the film resonate with you or seem familiar? Have you similarly gotten into a conflict with someone only to realize you didn’t have a good understanding of the other person or where they were coming from and that you were going about it all the wrong way?
- Have you ever been cared for by loved ones or others over a period of time when you needed help fulfilling your basic needs? Did you have moments of feeling disrespected or talked down to or talked around? How did you deal with these feelings?
- Sketch a scene of you and a person you have cared for, or a person who has taken care of you. This could be a parent-child situation, or a scenario involving you and a friend, a partner, a relative, or a neighbor. Try to capture a moment when you were together, enjoying each other’s company. Try to sketch it larger than you normally would and if possible, share it with the person whom you’ve sketched. What is the response?
- Work on your communication skills. The film sheds light on some of the communication difficulties Troy and his grandmother face. Ask a friend to join you and sit back-to-back, each with a pad of paper. Draw a complex shape or image on your paper, and try to describe it in as much detail as possible to your friend. Your friend should try to recreate the image on his/her paper solely from your description. Then compare your images. Were your instructions clear? Was your friend listening closely?
- Write a thank you letter to a person who has cared for you. Express what role their care played in your life. Ask them what they learned from the experience and what advice they might have for you, whether you are caring for someone now, or maybe doing so in the future.
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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