The Silver Mirror... A global documentary shedding new light on aging

By 2050, the world’s “graying” population is forecasted to reach 1.5 billion people, more than triple what it is today. Preparing health providers and societies to meet the needs of the elderly is essential: training health professionals for aging and elderly care; preventing and managing age-associated chronic diseases; designing sustainable long-term care policies; and developing age-friendly services and environments. The preview of this highly visual upcoming feature documentary film follow stories from five continents and sheds new light on breakthrough research including the evolutionary reasons for longevity, preserved longevity genetic pathways and caloric restriction. It also explores the implications of extending the human life/health span on environmental resources, health care, economies, the shrinking workforce, generational succession, and more notably, life’s purpose. This film, a production of the University of Miami’s Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies, is supported by the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, and is directed by award-winning filmmaker Ali Habashi.  For more information please visit www.thesilvermirror.org.


Kent State Stark University

The University of Miami is helping develop capacity in new media and environmental and emerging issues at Kent State Stark University (KSU) in Canton, Ohio. Focusing on local watersheds in Ohio, this project is an important first step in providing opportunities for faculty and students (from various departments and schools at KSU Stark Campus) and partners to better educate the community at large about the environment and to seek solutions to critical environmental issues. This initiative is supported by a grant from the Hoover Environmental Foundation to KSU from which the University of Miami ACCMS been awarded a consulting role to guide KSU’s educational media initiatives and also direct collaboration from KSU on developing University of Miami’s Aging Project, “The Silver Mirror”.


The Science of Fitness

Center for Computational Science

One Water... Highly acclaimed, award-winning documentary about the essential role of water in our world

In response to what is becoming a regular crisis in communities across the earth’s five continents, the University of Miami has undertaken a public education campaign about the essential role of water in our world and the urgent need to think about its conservation and restoration. That campaign is called “The Water Project.”

Water Project is a collaboration among the Arnold Center at the College of Engineering, School of Communication and the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. At the core of Water Project there is a global feature length non-verbal documentary, shot in HDTV, focusing on the connection of the water cycle to human life and the looming crisis facing this finite resource. Among various topics covered by this film are the crises of pollution and access, conservation and restoration, Health issues and water-born diseases, Border issues, Privatization and Human rights. The effort will be to tell visual stories about individuals affected by water and those that seek to make a change for a better future.

“One Water,” which had its world premiere at the Miami International Film Festival in March, has eleven future film festival screenings lined up through November, including the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and the Global Peace Film Festival. It was also admitted into the Monterrey Film Festival and the Italian Cinemambiente. It also received two awards at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and has been screened at special United Nations Commissions on sustainable developments in 2004 and 2005. “One Water” also won a special jury award at the World Water Forum in Mexico City in 2006

During the summer 2007, One Water the feature was screened to invitation only audiences in Miami, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Audiences were introduced to the present HD format of the film and were able to participate in question and answer sessions with Directors Sanjeev Chatterjee and Ali Habashi, Director of Photography Ed Talavera, Music Composer Thomas M. Sleeper and Dean of the School of Communication, Sam L Grogg.

For more information please visit www.onewater.org.