Free screening of documentary "GO GRANDRIDERS" at the Avalon
Monday, August 26, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EDT)
A documentary about a group of elderly motorcycle riders is changing concepts associated with aging.
A line on a poster for the Taiwanese documentary Go Grandriders reads, “One day when you are 80 years old, will you dare to dream?” While many people might hesitate to answer the question, a group of octogenarians proved that dreams and passion do not necessarily fade with age when they completed around-island motorcycle tour of Taiwan in November 2007. Moreover, the October 2012 release of a film about the trip has renewed respect for elderly citizens and spurred moves to help seniors follow their dreams.
The film depicts the story of 17 senior citizens who embarked on a 13-day, 1,178-kilometer journey to fulfill their dream of riding around Taiwan. The “grandriders” trip, filmed by director Howard Hua (華天灝), was organized by Hondao Senior Citizen’s Welfare Foundation, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) headquartered in Taichung, central Taiwan.
Hondao initially engaged Hua simply to record the tour and produce a 15-minute film, as the NGO had only a small budget of NT$200,000 (US$6,100) to work with. Hua produced a 48-minute movie, which the foundation began showing in 2008 at various public education events it organized to underscore its message that aging should not stop one from daring to dream.
Later on, thanks to help from CNEX Foundation Ltd., which took charge of distributing and marketing the film, Go Grandriders was extended to a feature-length running time of 75 minutes.
Two grandriders will travel to DC to attending the screening and sharing their life experience with the audience.
On August 16, Go Grandriders will be the first Taiwanese documentary to be screened commerically in the US. So don't miss out on your opportunity to attend this complimentary showing.
See trailer on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FpuT5GVHoY
For more information about the screening, please contact Lishan Chang at 202-895-1853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the screening start time to check in. In the event of a sold out screening, unclaimed seats will be released 10 minutes before the scheduled start in order to accommodate attendees on standby at the registration table.
When & Where
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US
TECRO represents the government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan), and to promote the longstanding friendship and mutually beneficial relations between Taiwan and the United States.