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THE INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed
photographic exhibition, Love, Loss and
Laughter: Seeing Dementia Differently,
by American sociologist and social
photographer, Cathy Greenblat will tour
Australia until November 27, in the largest
national tour of the exhibition to date.
The photos in the exhibition have been taken
in eight countries, including Australia, and have
already toured in the USA, England, Scotland,
Canada and Spain. The Australian tour will take
in all six states and the ACT, and is the biggest
national tour of the exhibition so far.
The more than 85 photos in the exhibition
were taken by artist Cathy Greenblat, between
2004 and 2011, in the United States, France,
India, Japan, the Dominican Republic,
Canada, Monaco, and more recently, in
Australia. Earlier this year, Ms Greenblat spent
three weeks meeting and photographing
Australians living with dementia.
The exhibition aims to offer "a new vision of
dementia and care, challenging the view that
people with age-related cognitive conditions
are 'lost', 'empty shells' and 'no longer here'".
Launching the exhibition in Melbourne,
Alzheimer's Australia National President Ita
Buttrose said the artwork helps spread the
message that people with dementia remain,
first and foremost, human beings and should
not be defined by their condition.
"Cathy captures the universality of the
condition and the powerful emotions it
creates," Ms Buttrose said.
Ms Greenblat said she takes great
pride in spending time with the people she
photographs so that she can understand
their character, level of progression of
dementia and take the photographs that most
accurately portray this.
Members of the general public impacted
by dementia have been invited to submit their
own personal photographs.
For more information on tour dates or how
to submit a personal photo visit: exhibition.
"A man is not old as long as he is seeking
something." -- Jean Rostand,
French biologist and philosopher.
PING PONG IS a delightfully inspirational
documentary that tells the story of eight
seniors from four continents who meet in
Mongolia to compete in the World Over
80s Table Tennis Championships.
Starring Australia's own world
champion and the world's oldest
competitive table tennis player, Dorothy
DeLow, Ping Pong proves the adage
that you are only as old as you feel and
celebrates the tenacity of the human spirit.
The eight players with 703 years
between them guide us through the
extraordinary world of veteran sports. The
feature-length documentary by UK director
Hugh Hartford interweaves the competition
with intimate and candid portraits that
explore the hope, passion, prejudice, and
immediacy of growing old.
Among the players profiled is Terry, 81 at
the time of filming, who has been given a
week to live but sets his sights on winning
gold. Inge, 89, from Germany, has used
table tennis to train her way out of a dementia
ward, and 100-year-old Dorothy finds herself
a mega celebrity in this rarefied world.
Ping Pong was released by Vendetta
Films in Australia and will screen nationally
on selected screens from June 6.
For screenings visit:
By Linda Belardi
AWAKENING THE SENSES: EXPLORING FOOD, MEMORY AND CULTURE
FOOD WATCHERS IN the ageing space
might be interested in the work of award-
winning Singapore filmmaker Eric Khoo who
has turned his attention to the topic of food
Commissioned by Singapore's Health
Promotion Board, Mr Khoo is currently
filming, The Recipe, a telemovie exploring
memory, relationships and culinary tradition.
The film tells the story of Madam Ching,
the owner of a popular scissor cut curry rice
store whose business begins to suffer when
she starts to present with the symptoms of
early stage dementia. Her daughter, Grace,
also a chef goes on a journey to reconnect
with Madam Ching and to learn her mother's
signature dishes to keep both her culinary
legacy and their family memories alive.
Ashwani and Didi from India feature in the
Love, Loss and Laughter photo exhibition.
Les D'Arcy in Ping Pong, a documentary
about the competitive world of over 80s
argues his case.
MURDER OR MERCY? DEBATING EUTHANASIA
AL JAZEERA has produced a provocative documentary on the euthanasia
debate in Australia, asking the question is voluntary assisted suicide the
ultimate act of blasphemy -- the legalised murder of the vulnerable, or a
victory for compassion and personal choice?
License to Kill, which first aired in May and is available to view online,
interviews euthanasia advocates and right-to-life campaigners to explore
the legal, ethical and political issues at the heart of the debate.
In 1990 Australia shocked the world when the Northern Territory became
the first place to legalise voluntary euthanasia. However, soon after, the
law was repealed and euthanasia remains illegal in Australia today. In the
context of a renewed push to introduce legislation in the NSW and Tasmanian parliaments and
polls indicating wide public support, the documentary interrogates all positions in the debate.
To view the documentary visit 101 East, Al Jazeera's weekly Asian current affairs
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