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'Lives Well Lived' Screening to Launch Intergenerational Project

Mar 29, 2019 09:43AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Everyone has a story to tell – if you just take the time to listen. That’s the message of “Lives Well Lived,” a documentary that celebrates the secrets and insights that come with age. The film will be screened free at an all-ages event on Sunday, March 31, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Community Center.

Sponsored by the Manhattan Beach Older Adults ProgramManhattan Beach Rotary Club and Beach Cities Health District, this documentary by Sky Bergman celebrates the wit and wisdom of 40 adults, ranging in age from 75 to 100. The subjects of the film - all of whom are living their lives to the fullest - share intimate memories and inspiring personal histories.

Organizers hope that the screening will be just the first step in a multi-generational project, according to Manhattan Beach Rotary's Kathleen Terry.

After the film, there will be an opportunity for all seniors who would like to share their stories to sign up to share what they believe is a "life well lived."

At a future date, students from the community will have the opportunity to connect with community members, film their stories and, perhaps create a Manhattan Beach documentary to share the wisdom collected by our residents.

Terry added that other possible future events could involve conducting small group sessions with seniors and/or other community members, as well as coordinating with Beach Cities Health District to see how their senior population might benefit from such a project.

"Lives Well Lived" was inspired by filmmaker Sky Bergman's grandmother, who enjoyed cooking for the family and working out at the gym and who lived until age 103.

"In our society, the elderly are often overlooked. I want to bring that generation to the forefront," said Bergman. "Our greatest role models are those living full and meaningful lives in their later years."

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