Exploring the Changing Face of Aging

UM-produced film, The Silver Mirror, screens October 8 at Cosford Cinema

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 25, 2013) — Our world is entering its Golden Years. By the year 2050 it is estimated there will be 1.5 billion senior citizens on the planet. Preparing for this phenomenon will practically change all aspects of our societies.

A new feature-length global documentary The Silver Mirror written, directed and produced by Ali Habashi, director of the Edward H. Arnold Center for Confluent Media Studies at the College of Engineering, with cinematography by School of Communication Professor Ed Talavera and music by Frost School of Music Professor Thomas M. Sleeper will explore the changing view on aging in the 21st Century.

The Silver Mirror is a search to better understand how our planet is changing due to the aging populations around the world and how our generation may be the first in human history that has the opportunity to unravel, and perhaps control, the biological causes of aging,” said Habashi, who spent three years working on the film.

The Silver Mirror premieres on UM Coral Gables campus on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Cosford Cinema, 1111 Memorial Drive at 7 p.m. The film was produced with support of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation and the University of Miami Ethics Program’s Arsht Ethics Initiatives. The showing is also sponsored by UM’s School of Communication and the Alumni Association. The October 8 screening is sold out, but a second screening has been scheduled for Thursday, October 17, at 6 p.m. at Cosford. It is free and open to the public. To R.S.V.P. for the film, please contact UM Ethics Programs at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 305 243-5723.

“Aging is a universal topic that affects us all,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala, who is featured in the film. “The Silver Mirror is an important film because it delves into all aspects of the aging process and how societies will have to deal with this growing phenomenon.”

Narrated and hosted by Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Blythe Danner and interviews with noted poet Maya Angelou and John Beard of the World Health Organization among others, the documentary follow stories from five continents by and sheds new light on breakthrough research including the evolutionary causes of aging.

Through insightful interviews and a round table discussion with thought leaders including School of Education and Human development Dean Isaac Prilleltensky and Bernard Roos, Former Professor of Medicine and Director of Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, it also explores the implications of extending the human life/health span through various genetic and regenerative pathways including the top-tier genetic research being carried out by Carlos T. Moraes, Professor of Neurology and Cell Biology and Anatomy at UM’s Miller School of Medicine.

The documentary will also be screened in Geneva on Oct 1st, during the International Day of Older Persons at the headquarters of the World Health Organization), in New York on Nov 7th, at the Myrna Daniels Auditorium, co-presented with Center for Bioethics at Columbia University.

Barbara Gutierrez can be reached at 305-284-3205.

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