Illustrating a positive approach to aging, Kicking High...In The Golden Years shares the lives of six African-American seniors, filmed at home, with their families and in their community.
"A stirring documentary."
Framed within the rehearsals and final performance of a stage production, participants reflect upon past experiences and present circumstances, and share their emotions and accumulated wisdom. This timeless award-winning film reveals how each person's response to aging has yielded a life of joy, activity and fierce independence.
"A wonderful, uplifting film. It's especially important as the media doesn't often show minority people's constructive intereaction with their community."
"A gem of a film."
"Excellent... entertaining... appropriate for any social service program dealing with senior living."
"These seniors give inspiration to both their peers and younger Americans. A fine resource."
"These people are ordinary folk with an extraordinary spirit which helps them face the realities of racism instead of keeping the burden of anger and bitterness inside."
"A dramatic portrayal of ways of dealing with both the highs and lows of being a 'senior.' It captures the experiences of older Americans realistically and emotionally."
"This heartwarming, inspirational view of senior citizens focuses on seniors from St. Marks, a church in a black middle-class Queens, New York neighborhood... The film presents a wonderful view of seniors, content with their past, happy with their present, extending their legacy to younger people. Students, seniors, and those working with seniors would benefit from this excellent film."
"A collage of strength, acceptance, and dignity, coupled with beauty, laughter and love."
"This stimulating film spans an issue which has no racial boundaries. All people over 55 have choices to make, in terms of generativity vs. isolationism. What we have here is a group of individuals who've made choices to generate in their older years, as opposed to isolating themselves in an angry, bitter position. These are sharing, concerned, positive people who are affecting others in a likewise fashion. The film is approprioate for any course in the behavioral sciences that studies the process of human development."