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Get inspired and get involved with this film
from our Second Annual UnLonely Interactive FilmFest.

Watch. Do. Share.

Get inspired and get involved with this film from our Second Annual UnLonely Interactive FilmFest.

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Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!

Step 1: Watch the film.


Members of the Harlem Honeys and Bears, a synchronized swim team for seniors, describe the freedom of the water and the creative wonders of staying vital dancing afloat together. The community, sensory expressiveness and pure fun of swimming together keep loneliness and isolation and other of the challenges that sometimes come with old age, at bay.

About the FIlmmaker

Veena Rao is a filmmaker “interested in revealing the extraordinary in the everyday.” She loves film “because it allows us to dream and empathize with each other.” Her films have screened internationally, been featured on The New York Times Op-Docs, The Atlantic, National Geographic, Vimeo’s Staff Picks, and have also been supported by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). She’s an alumna of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and a member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective and New York Women in Film & Television.



What do you hope UnLonely Film Festival audiences, trying to make sense of loneliness and isolation and navigate a path forward, take from your film?

“I would hope viewers take away that joy can be found in activities one loves to do, with friends/peers who are part of the same team.”

Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.

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Reflective Questions

  • Is there something that you have done that makes you feel a sense of ‘freedom’ and/or comes to you like second nature? Why do you think this activity makes you feel this way? How can you make it a more regular part of your routine?
  • One of the women talked about how with age she has been able to come to grips with a lot of things she worried about when she was younger. Is that true for you as well? What are the things that used to worry you but no longer do?    
  • What was the last team or club that you belonged to? What were the best parts of being on a team/club? Given your current circumstances, is there a group of some kind that you would like to join?  


  • Make a quick sketch—in pencil or ink—of the things in your life that ‘get you up and out in the morning.’ Tape this sketch to your nightstand or keep it next to your bed as a daily reminder.
  • Don’t have a team or club, but would like one? Start one yourself by deciding what you’d like to do and making signs to recruit members. Include a bold visual element that communicates what activity the group would be involved in—along with some descriptions of what you hope the team/club will become. It could be a book club, a gardening club, a movie club, or anything you enjoy. Make copies and post in local places like gyms, coffee shops, libraries, etc.  Or scan the poster and post on Facebook or other social networking sites.
  • Make your own synchronized swim team out of paper dolls. The paper doll chain can inspire you and remind you of the camaraderie that comes with joining a group of some kind. Don’t remember how to make paper dolls? Follow this quick tutorial on how to make your own string of team members.

PS: Looking for even more ways to "creatively connect?"  Follow this link for a few other ideas.

Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.


  1. Carlos Gil

    Just shared it with my adult daughters and girlfriend. We are all very active and it is very encouraging to see other options and ideas out there

    • cindy rose

      loved the film, want to get into the pool right now!

  2. Morna Prince

    Bravo. Thanks for recording this creative/imaginative women’s group! Inspirational!!!

  3. Andrew Sherwood

    As I’ve aged I returned to something I enjoyed as a teenager: jogging. It’s hard work but, when you’re done you feel terrific!! I’m running my third 5k in a couple of days and look forward to running with my friends.

  4. Flo Oy Wong

    A friend sent the link to the film, which gives hope to those of us who are elders. I belong to a book group with other women who are in our seventies and eighties. I also participate in the Fab 5 Poetry Group composed of five women poets and writers who are in our seventies/eighties and younger. Two of us have published books of poetry. I am one of them. I published my first book of art and poetry as a gift to myself when I turned eighty. Another member is about to publish her book at the age of eighty seven. Being unlonely as we age is like having the sun in our hearts when we reach out to others and when others reach out to us. But, first we need to be pro-active to reach out to ourselves.


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