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EPISODE ONE: "BUNNY AND LEONA"
airs on CBC - Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
and on CBC Newsworld - Friday, Sept. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Two elderly sisters, Bunny Drudge, 67, and Leona McLeod, 72 – unforgettable characters, both – find their lives torn apart after living together for almost 30 years when both must abruptly move to different seniors’ homes. The film follows them over a turbulent year as they grapple with the wrenching transition to the institutions and the shock of life apart after being inseparable.

Winner, Best Canadian Feature Documentary Award
2003 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
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Finalist, 2003 Prix Italia, Siracusa Italy
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Winner, Silver Chris Award,
2003 Columbus International Film and Video Festival
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Official Selection, 2004 Input in Barcelona


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EPISODE TWO: "GERT'S SECRET"
airs on CBC - Thursday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
and on CBC Newsworld - Saturday, Sept. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

In “Gert’s Secret” a 102-year-old superstar is born. Gert Stevenson is a happy survivor in one of society’s unhappiest institutions: a nursing home. While other residents struggle to survive, Gert – one of the feistiest, most delightful characters to light up any screen -- has learned the art of living well. What is her secret? The film also explores her difficult relationship with Norma, her equally-formidable, 73-year-old daughter who has been reluctantly looking after her mother for fifty years.

Official selection, 2004 Hot Docs Canadian
International Documentary Festival.

 

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EPISODE THREE: "LIVING DANGEROUSLY"
airs on CBC - Sunday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT
and on CBC Newsworld - Teusday, Sept. 21at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Two seniors with major health problems, Phillip Rowley and Helen Beck, are prepared to risk their lives living alone at home rather than move into seniors’ institutions. Both have suffered falls and required emergency crews to rescue them. Terrified relatives – afraid they will eventually kill themselves – struggle to change their minds before a tragedy occurs.