Young@Heart

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Documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young at Heart Chorus in Northampton, MA, whose average age is 81, and many of whom must overcome health adversities to participate. Their music is unexpected, going against the stereotype of their age group, performing songs, for example, by James Brown, and Sonic Youth. Although they have toured Europe and sang for royalty, this account focuses on preparing new songs, not an easy endeavor, for a concert in their home town, which succeeds in spite of several real heart breaking events.

Young@Heart played at the 2008 Heartland Film Festival in the Truly Moving Picture Award Winners Sidebar.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions:

Did the songs with which you were familiar before viewing the movie take on new meaning when hearing them sung by the members of the Young @ Heart chorus? What is it about these songs being sung by an older generation that makes them take on a different message?

Think about Bob Cilman’s role as the director of the Young @ Heart Chorus. He has been directing this group for over 25 years and in those years used this chorus to inspire others through defying expectations—both of what to expect from music and what it means to age. Did this film help break stereotypes for you? If so, what were they?

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