Please Remember Me
- China's Women Film Festival
- Hong Kong Int. Film Festival
- *Jury Award* / Lighthouse IFF
- *Best Film* / Guangzhou Int. Doc Festival
An internationally acclaimed profile of an elderly Chinese couple facing the twilight of lucidity, this documentary offers an intimate reflection on life vulnerable to a new generational crisis. As China's rapidly aging population struggles with a dramatic rise in Alzheimer's and dementia, the concerns of the subsequent generation, restricted by the one-child policy and subjected to an ultra-competitive global economy, threaten to erode traditional notions of caregiving.
Every day, Feng (88) and Lou (87) go outside hand in hand to practice tai chi. Hardly can anyone tell that Lou suffers from Alzheimer’s disease. Ten years ago, Lou went out one for a haircut one afternoon but didn’t return for dinner. She was eventually brought home, disoriented, by the police. In the years since, Lou has forgotten almost everyone but continues to believe that Feng is the one she is going to spend the rest of her life with.
Currently, there are more than 200 million people over 60 years of age in China, and many have children who have settled overseas. Please Remember Me is a tender portrait of an emblematic couple, living alone without the traditional support of extended family. With intimacy and perceptivity, director Zhao Qing follows Feng and Lou, her great-uncle and great-aunt, over three years as Feng adjusts to Lou's increasing dependency and works to remedy her loss of memory. With a dignified tone of reflection, this heartfelt documentary ultimately evokes the importance of personal histories, and pays tribute to the navigation of old age with quiet courage, love, and dignity.
78 Minutes | Chinese with English subtitles.
Directed by: Qing Zhao
References for further reading:
Alzheimer's in China
Bloomberg - China Alzheimer's Crisis
Bloomberg - China's Alzheimer's Patient's And Its Health System
Japan Times - China's Alzheimer's Cases Rise
New York Times - China Takes On Its Alzheimer’s Problem
Lancet - Alzheimer's Review in China
Alzheimer's Challenge in China
Chinese Communities of Alzheimer's Association
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