MIMI AND DONA
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"HEART-WRENCHING... as unflinching as it is beautiful."
"... there's value here, because the changes they're facing will be familiar to many—already or eventually—as a parent or as a child of aging parents."
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Director: Sophie Sartain
Runtime: 65 mins
Pre Book: 3/20/18
GENRES: documentary, Aging, Disability Studies, Family, PBS
What happens when love runs out of time? For a 92-year-old mother, Mimi, who has cared 64 years for her daughter, Dona, who has an intellectual disability, it means facing the inevitable -- she will not outlive her daughter -- and finding her daughter a home. This poignant, heartbreaking and, at times, humorous documentary traces this process through the story of a wonderfully quirky and deeply connected mother-daughter duo. The film spotlights the challenges of aging caregivers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities -- some 4.6 million Americans, 75 percent of whom live at home with family -- and details the ripple effects of Dona's disability on three generations of a Texas family.