Film Screening & Discussion - "Go Grandriders" 不老騎士 (2012)
An award-winning 2012 documentary Go GrandRider (不老騎士) launched the same year as the MBBS Medical Humanities curriculum. The film records the remarkable adventure of a group of octogenarians riding scooters across Taiwan, despite their families’ worries and fears, on a grand adventure that proves dreams and passion don’t fade away with the onset of old age. A post-screening discussion with teachers/ community partners who bring ageing issues to the MH curriculum.
A gripping real-life story as sensational as The Bucket List. Seventeen men in the final decade of their lives decide to turn their youthful dreams into reality and embark on a 13-day-long road trip. In the course of the trip, they encounter challenges posed by their age-weakened physiques and by afflictions left behind by old illnesses. The road on the east side of Taiwan is anything but unchallenging. It pushes the elderly riders beyond their physical capabilities, and some are hospitalized as the trip begins to take its toll on their physical state. But none of those stop them from accomplishing what seems impossible for a spectator. Their shared experience has also tightly bound these 17 individuals, who were merely strangers to one another at the beginning of their quest, as they struggle to complete their quest. Go Grandriders is an inspiring, heart-warming account that speaks of hope and courage at the phase of life that is often disregarded.
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