Among the amazing line up are 5 Canadian films with 1 of them being homegrown in Calgary, the home of the festival. The Secondary Highway is a journey of history, memories and self-discovery. Robert Scott tracks down the descendants of these dying places and speaks with the elders who share their stories of hardship, joy and words of wisdom. Braedon Riehl, the Director will be in attendance at the film
70 is Just a Number is a warm-hearted comedy about a superstar singer Seija Kuula who is trying to cope with her career, age and love. Combining dreams of starting a family, friendships, and a parent-child relationship with an atypical intimate relationship yields a story that explores the many dimensions of love. 70 is Just a Number is a touching and humorous coming-of-age-story - at 70.
As usual, the festival will highlight all the possibility, joy and vibrancy of the third act of life with many age-positive films including Eddy’s World, Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color, Don vs. Lightning and Bloom.
The festival also devotes a short film screening on the subject of social isolation – a hot point sparked by the pandemic. This screening includes Henry Daeman and Dr. Verena Menec. Daeman, from Toronto, is the Director and Writer of Solitude, a student film. This film follows Gordon, who is opposed to this being confronted with the idea of being truly alone. Ultimately, he is able to find new inspiration, and learns to adapt to overcome the situation. Menec is the Manitoba site lead of the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. Her research interests lie in the areas of social determinants of healthy aging, social inclusion and age-friendly communities.