Distributor:  Terra Nova Films
Length:  64 minutes
Date:  2012
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Color/BW:  Color
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What Time is Left

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An exploration of how we all live and die, and dealing with end-of-life decisions.

What Time is Left

Told from the point of view of the filmmaker/grandson (in his early twenties), who'd had a brush with death himself, this moving film opens up a quiet storm of issues concerning how we all live and die, and how we face or choose to ignore the looming end-of-life choices that affect our aged loved ones--and ultimately, ourselves. Through the voices of three generations of the family, the film candidly follows the extended Henderson family as they care for two grandmothers who live in the same retirement community - Grandma Polly is in an advanced stage of aphasia, and can no longer walk or speak; Grandma DeeDee is healthy and active, consumed with concerns that her Living Will is followed to the letter. Through unforgettable moments and characters who are both surprisingly funny and heart-wrenchingly honest, the film reveals the web of human connections that keep a family together in the face of death, decline, and the unpredictablility of life, itself.

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Main credits

Henderson, Dakin (screenwriter)
Henderson, Dakin (film director)
Henderson, Dakin (film producer)
Henderson, Dakin (editor of moving image work)
Herbes-Sommers, Christine (film producer)

Other credits

Original music by Louis Weeks.

Distributor credits

Vital Pictures

Vital Pictures

Docuseek2 subjects

Death and Dying
Aging and Geriatrics
Longterm Care

Distributor subjects

No distributor subjects provided.


Aging; Elderhood; Attitudes About Aging; The Aging Process; "What Time is Left"; Terra Nova Films

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