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The Screen , Gen Silent

February 15, 2011 9:13 pm0 comments

In Stu Maddox’ documentary Gen Silent, an unpleasant reality is explored. No one wants to think about it, but the simple fact is everyone on this planet shares one thing in common – we are all aging. And with aging, comes the inevitable slate of decisions that need to be made as vibrant lives complete their final chapters.
Gen Silent looks specifically at how aging impacts the GLBT community, focusing on three longtime couples and one single transgender woman as they make end-of-life decisions. It begins with Lawrence and Alexander, a couple who have been together for 38 years, the last 10 of which have been apart, with Alexander in a nursing home facility, due to Parkinson’s dementia. The pair demonstrates the same kind of love and concern that any straight couple would in a similar situation, but there is the added complication of how their relationship will be seen by the staff of the nursing home.

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