UNCA to host Wisdom Film Festival

Here’s the press release from UNCA:

UNC Asheville’s Healthy Aging Program Initiatives (HAPI) Lab, in collaboration with the Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging, will host an intergenerational Wisdom Film Festival from 12-6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24 in the university’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health Systems Mountain View Conference Room. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will include film screenings, discussions and activities exploring perceptions on aging.

Screenings and activities during the festival include:

12 p.m. “Beginners,” a romantic comedy-drama about a young man reflecting on the life and death of his father, who began exploring life as an openly gay man at the age of 75. The LGBT Elder Advocates of WNC will guide a discussion following the screening.

2:15 p.m. “Searching for Sugar Man,” the Academy Award-winning documentary about the search for an American musician Sixto Rodriguez, who, unbeknownst to anyone in America including Rodriguez himself, had become a legend in South Africa . Lavinia Plonka, director of the Asheville Movement Center, will lead a “Telling Our Stories” activity following the screening.

4:15 p.m. “Harold and Maude,” the cult classic dark comedy about a young man intrigued with death, and his relationship with an older woman. Rebecca Chaplin, faculty at Asheville Tantra School, will lead a “Circle of Ages” activity following the screening.

The HAPI Lab promotes healthy and active aging for all through wellness programming, screening and research. The HAPI Lab is located in the Sherrill Center and is part of UNC Asheville’s Department of Health and Wellness. The Wisdom Film Festival is one of the activities highlighting healthy aging during the International Council on Active Aging’s Active Aging Week, September 22-27. For more information, contact Rebecca Chaplin, Land of Sky Area Agency on Aging, at 828.251.7438.

About Micah Wilkins
Micah Wilkins began her time at Mountain Xpress as an intern while a student at Warren Wilson College, where she studied history and creative writing. After graduating in December, 2013, she continued writing for the Xpress as a freelancer.

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