Arnold Center Produces New Documentary on Aging

"The Silver Mirror" examines critical issues surrounding aging in the 21st century.

Coral Gables (June 17, 2013) — The critical issues surrounding aging in the 21st century and the economic, health care, and societal impacts of extending the human life span are explored in a new documentary film by the University of Miami’s Edward H. Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies. The Silver Mirror is scheduled to premiere in Miami, Washington, D.C., and New York in the fall.

Shot in 12 countries, the film is written, produced, and directed by Ali Habashi, director of the Arnold Center. It features UM President Donna E. Shalala and legendary poet Maya Angelou, as well as interviews with leading scientists and researchers from around the world.

Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated actress Blythe Danner narrates and hosts the film, which includes an original music score by conductor Thomas Sleeper of UM’s Frost School of Music. Ed Talavera, associate professor and chair of the School of Communication’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, is the film’s director of photography.

With the global population of people 60 years of age and older now at 650 million, The Silver Mirror is part of the Arnold Center’s Aging Project, an initiative supported in part by the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation.


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Ali Habashi, right, director of the University of Miami’s Edward H. Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies, reviews The Silver Mirror’s script with Emmy Award-winning actress Blythe Danner, who narrates and hosts the film.

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