Project Description

The Silver Mirror is a feature-length global documentary film that investigates the topic of aging in the 21st century and had its premiere screenings this fall in Geneva (Oct 1st, International Day of Older Persons at the headquarters of the World Health Organization), Miami (Oct, 2013) and New York (Feb, 2014). There are also plans to premiere this film in Copenhagen, Washington D.C. in early 2014.

Shot over three years in 12 countries, The Silver Mirror searches for a universal voice that fearlessly and intimately conveys humanity’s ancient, collective and fundamental struggle with the fragility of the human condition imposed by the inevitability of aging – while also pondering that for the first time in human history, impending scientific surges in the cellular biology of aging will drastically change how we live our lives. The Silver Mirror features many renowned experts such as John Beard of the World Health Organization, Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn of UCSF, Hal Kendig of Univ. of Sydney, Cynthia Kenyon of UCSF, Thomas Kirkwood of Newcastle Univ. and Leonard Guarente of MIT. Weaving through various cultural contexts, scientific views and personal vignettes, the film frames the critical scientific and ethical issues about the possibility and reasons for extending the human health-span through various genetic and regenerative pathways and the potential impact on populations, the environment, healthcare, economies and society as a whole – as well as successful aging among diverse ethnographic groups. The Silver Mirror is narrated and hosted by Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning actress Blythe Danner, with special guest Dr. Maya Angelou and an original film score performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra.

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