Underneath the opulent show pieces, the awards ceremony honoured the elements involved in creating a good film. Acting, cinematography, music, costumes, and directing are all things that make a movie unbelievably memorable.
I was personally waiting for the announcement of the winner for Best Foreign Language Film. Each year, participating countries from around the world submit an entry to compete for the award. Canada made the shortlist of nominees for both 2011 and 2012. Last year, Canadian submission "The Incendies (2010)," was edged out by Danish film, “In a Better World (2010).” A similar fate was announced yesterday, as "Monsieur Lazhar (2011)" lost to Iranian hit film production, “A Separation (2011).”
I saw A Separation last week and I must admit that it was a well-deserved victory. The film reminded me about the impact of caregiving. The main protagonist, Nader, did everything he could to provide care for his deteriorating father who suffers from Alzheimer’s. As his father becomes increasingly ill, Nadir becomes pressured to ensure his health and safety, but in doing so, becomes forgetful, flustered and distressed.
The film brings to light some of the cultural, social and health issues faced by the caregiver. An interesting study in 2007 conducted by Statistics Canada surveyed Canadians to investigate ‘how caregivers manage’ caring for seniors. Survey results suggest that elder care tends to be provided by close family members (and other family and friends when needed) and significantly less through institutional care. The study also confirms that caregiving duties have consequences that impact the caregivers’ work, health and family.
Understanding and celebrating the diversity in family caregiving is important for the caregiver, family and the dependent. There are different ways to manage caregiving and some of its hardships. On Saturday March 3, 2012, Barbara Frum Library will host a celebration of the diveristy in family caregiving. Organized by Losing Our Parents, the celebration is all about exchanging information and sharing experiences with family caregiving. The program is free and will include snacks & beverages, door prizes, resource information and the chance to hear three presentations. View this photo for more information.
On the topic of caregiving, here are some recommended titles that will help you better understand and manage caregiving.