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VDP: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
- Date & Time
- 10/15(Sat) 13:00〜15:30
- Viewing Period
The Twilight Years (Meniti Senja) is a documentary that reflects on the breakdown of traditional family values in modern Malaysian society that are marginalizing the elderly. Age will eventually catch up with everyone and by 2030, Malaysia’s over 65 population is set to increase to 15%. Are we witnessing our own fates in a not-too-distant future? This work sensitively explores the alarming rise of the elderly being left to fend for themselves in aged care centers removed from the comfort of homes they knew and children they raised. It recounts the stories of people who were once mothers, fathers, grandparents - now slowly aging amidst strangers within the walls of a care home in Puchong and shares their heart-breaking stories of abuse, exploitation, and abandonment.
The Twilight Years stares directly at old-age dejection and death. No room for subtle images that would make old age look romantic in one’s eye. The subject is what it is - the gnarled fate that all humans are bound to become. Aging is a reality all must face. While the documentary’s subject shows the candid state of growing old, it wraps around its subject with warm and caring sensitivity. For the care which the hospice offers to those who are old and dejected, abandoned even by their own families, the film ably overturns the hurt and abandonment with its overflowing humanity and professional care.
- Lily Fu