The Minor Memorial Library is hosting a screening of “GenSilent”, a 2010 documentary film directed and produced by Stu Maddux and offered by AARP Connecticut. Registration through the Minor Memorial Library website is required for this free program.
The film will be followed by refreshments and a moderated conversation. The title of the film is a reference to the generations of older LGBT people who remain in the closet or re-enter the closet out of concern for their safety or quality of life. This important documentary follows the lives of six LGBT seniors living in the Boston area who must choose if they will hide their sexuality in order to survive in the long-term health care system. Religious objections, bullying, and elder abuse are leading many older LGBT people to fear for their lives at the end of their lives. As a result of the documentary, the term Gen Silent has increased in use as a way to refer to this group.
Gen Silent has won multiple awards including the Audience Choice Best Documentary at the Frameline Film Festival in 2011 and the Audience Choice Best Documentary at the Image+Nation Montreal International LGBT Film Festival. Stu Maddux is an award winning producer and director of non-fiction media with international credits including PBS, Showtime, TLC, VH1, Spike, Logo, CMT and BBC. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, VICE and NPR’s Morning Edition among others. His honors include seven regional Emmy Awards as well as awards from film festivals on five continents.
The mission of the Minor Memorial Library is to promote and encourage literacy and to serve the needs of the Roxbury Community by providing free access to ideas and information through a diversity of library materials, programs, services, and experiences. The library is handicapped-accessible. Call the library at 860-350-2181 or visit the website at www.minormemoriallibrary.org for more information and directions.