LEWISTON — SeniorsPlus will present a free screening of the documentary “Nine to Ninety” at 5 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Central Maine Community College, Kirk Hall, Room 103.

A discussion with the filmmakers and cast members will follow the screening, as well as a reception. Seating is limited, and reservations are required.

“Nine To Ninety” is the love story of Phyllis and Joe Sabatini, who at age 89 and 90 live in the home of their daughter and son-in-law, where they relish time with their young granddaughter, Jacqueline. But as the family struggles to make ends meet and the grandparents’ health problems escalate, Phyllis becomes determined to free her daughter from the burden of caring for everyone from nine to 90. When Phyllis makes a difficult decision to move 3,000 miles away to live with their other daughter, she faces parting from Joe, her husband of 62 years. Phyllis’ choice ignites bigger conversations about when the best way to say “I love you” is to say “good bye” and how to age with dignity.

The discussion will focus on growing old and dying, as well as the making of the film. Resources will be provided to help guide a conversation with audience members. Family members are encouraged to attend and participate in the post-screening conversation.

The film premiered in Toronto at Hot Docs Film Festival, was nominated for Best Short at the International Documentary Association Awards and has been selected for the prestigious American Film Showcase, in which the U.S. State Department brings award-winning contemporary American films to audiences around the world.

The screening is part of a New England tour and hosted in conjunction with Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging and their community partners. It is made possible by grants from the Bingham Program, Maine Community Foundation, and Maine Health Access Foundation.

FMI, RSVP: 1-800-427-1241, [email protected]


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