Lieutenant Laurel Hester is dying. All she wants to do is leave her pension benefits to her life partner - Stacie, so Stacie can afford to keep their house. Laurel is told no; they are not ... See full summary »
Dane B. Wells
Documentary about a Jewish senior citizens' acting group on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. The film covers both the progress and impediments of a play the group is mounting about senior ... See full summary »
In January, 1997, a team of five nurses, four anesthesiologists, and three plastic surgeons arrive in Vietnam from the United States for two weeks' of volunteer work. They operate on 110 ... See full summary »
In the heart of Tel Aviv, there is an exceptional school where children from forty-eight different countries and diverse backgrounds come together to learn. Many of the students arrive at ... See full summary »
Well-made look at an all-too common situation-grandparents raising their grandchildren
This documentary short, which quite deservedly won the Oscar, is about an increasingly common circumstance-a grandmother, elderly and ailing, left to raise her grandson, with little or no help from anywhere. As the grandson becomes more and more of a problem, more rebellious and destructive, it becomes quite obvious that she can no longer manage to care for him. While much is made of the authorities handling of the situation, I find it telling (and more than a bit disheartening) that the fact that no one else in the boy's family was either willing or able to take the young man in and he winds up just another statistic was touched on almost glancingly. I fear that the only person who cared enough about Walter was his grandmother and she sadly was too weak physically to stand the rigors of raising him. A sad (and somewhat frightening) look at life in our times.
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