The Remaining Light Documentary Film

The Remaining Light is a documentary film that journeys through an often invisible part of Canada's health care system -- the community-based services that provide care for seniors as they age and die. The film features the stories of seniors and their families, and explores key themes related to dignity, preventing illness and social isolation, and keeping health care costs under control as the boomer generation ages.

The Remaining Light is set in British Columbia, where the province's Ombudsperson recently carried out an investigation into a fragmented and underfunded system of seniors care. But the film's themes and stories will resonate with people across Canada who worry that we are not providing seniors with the dignity and respect they deserve.

We invite you to learn more, and help promote a public dialogue about seniors care:

  • Order a copy of the DVD and organizing a screening -- in your living room, your classroom, at a local seniors centre, etc. A kit with background information and a discussion guide is available on request.
  • Learn more about the BC Ombudsperson's investigation into seniors care, and how you can support her recommendations for better and more accountable community-based services.
  • Help promote the video -- share it online, and let people in your community know about it.

Optional subtitles in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Punjabi, Vietnamese and Spanish.

More about this film:

The Remaining Light is jointly presented by the CCPA and the Hospital Employees' Union. It is the culmination of six years of research into the restructuring of community health services in BC. The research was conducted through the Economic Security Project, a research initiative led by the CCPA and Simon Fraser University, and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The film is a joint presentation by the CCPA and the Hospital Employees' Union. We thank HEU, the United Way of the Lower Mainland and Vancity for their financial support of this project.

United Way of the Lower Mainland

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Produced by: Goh Iromoto, Shannon Daub and Marcy Cohen

Written by: Shannon Daub and Goh Iromoto

Directed and filmed by: Goh Iromoto