Talking Stone Film

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When you say “Oh, I’m 91”, it’s
just a number… in your life. What does it matter? I don’t care. Do you? [Laughter] [Music] One, two, three. [Clap] Yes! Teenagers and older people are
often seen as like enemies. And you can tell that like… When you’re walking down the
street the teenagers are all
like “ugh, older people”… And the older people are like
“the young and rebellious kids”
like… I don’t know it’s just an
assumption that for some reason
was placed upon us. It’s important for young people
to hang out with older people
because… Right now we are basically in
two separate communities. We don’t know what they do… They don’t know what, how we
are. We just have certain
perceptions… because of the media and
stereotypes. But through this program we can
really interact with each
other… and it’s important because we
don’t know each other. I don’t know what they
thought… but they probably thought we
were a bunch of old
fuddy-duddies. But we’re not, you know? Just because we’re older…you
feel the same! You just feel the same. We spent two weekends with ten
young people… and ten older residents… To create intergenerational
connections… and to produce media that
celebrates the lives of who
these older people are… and leaves audiences
questioning the stereotypes
they have of older people… And thinking about some of the
older people they have in their
life. First we learned how to film,
then we learned how to
interview… But after a time we learned how
to talk to them and we became
their friends as well. I remembered things that I had
forgotten about… and had just put in the back of
my mind. The war years, but I’ve never
wanted to talk about… But they made it easy for me to
express myself and what
happened… And I was surprised at the
things I did in my life. You know, once I got talking to
them. The most exciting part of the
project for me are the moments
when… the youth and the older
participants are surprised by
what they find in each other. My name is Anne and I was
surprised at how easy it was to
talk to these two. We got together and we couldn’t
stop talking. [Laughter] Their like, characters are
really big from all the years
of experience they’ve had. They’re funnier because, I
don’t know, they’ve had more
experience of being funny. [Singing] You look sweet, talk
about a treat, I don’t remember
the words [Laughter] The youth get so much out of it
around a connection to history
and… a connection to a larger
expansion of life. And the older residents walk
away with a kick in their step. And feeling a bit younger and
feeling more connected to a
younger generation… which is so important. And, and I felt younger because
Dillion said to me when I was
84… he said “I thought you were
only 70-something”. [Laughs] I said “Oh, thank you.” [Laughs] They grew up in a totally
different time and it’s just… it’s cool to see what it was
like… when we weren’t here. Makes me feel good. I’m glad young people can be
interested in an old man like
me. No matter how old you are
people have the same needs. They need connection. They need
someone to listen to them. They want to feel important.
They want to feel like someone
cares This project does that. It creates those
intergenerational connections
and… builds our community. And makes
our community stronger. When we know who we are and
whose around us… then we know how to care for
each other better. [Music] Well I live really close to
here so I think I’m going to
come visit Doreen and Bernard. I learned that the elderly,
that we have in our own
cities… They’re not much different then
us. It’s funny how you feel the
same because you always
think… “Oh look at that poor old
soul”… but that poor old soul is
feeling quite happy. [Laughs] You never know.

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