Dominique Keller is a documentary director based in Calgary Alberta. Dominique has directed documentaries set in Canada, the US, France, Kenya, Bangladesh and India. Dominique’s projects include several documentaries and documentary series created for clients including CBC, PBS, City TV, The Food Network, NFB and APTN. Dominique’s films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide and premiered on Bravo, CBC and APTN. Dominique was honoured to represent Canada as an artist at both the Beijing Olympics and the Shanghai World Expo. Currently, Dominique is working on a feature documentary that follows Alberta and BC’s Search and Rescue Volunteers for CBC and Fireweed Creative and is in post-production with the NFB on another documentary about late in life romance.
“Love: The Last Chapter”: A documentary case study on senior’s living and the importance of connection/intimacy at all ages
Dominique Keller, National Film Board of Canada, Canada
We are a team of experienced filmmakers who have recently completed a documentary film about ageing + intimacy. The feature film is entitled Love: the Last Chapter and has been produced in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada, and will premiere at DOXA 2021. Dominique Keller is the director/writer, and is an experienced and engaging speaker who can present a short 10 minute vignette or clip from the film and then discuss her experience and learnings from living embedded in an affordable lodge housing for seniors and documenting three couples over the course of a year and many months. Dominique will share her insights and observations and speak to the following discussion topics and themes revealed through her film:
- The importance of supporting seniors’ emotional health and needs, not just their physical health and safety needs
- A deeper understanding of the lived experience of seniors in long term care facilities, quality of care
- Acknowledgement and stigmatisation of sexuality among seniors.
- Humanising and challenging institutional ageism
- Decision-making processes faced by seniors and their families vis a vis living arrangements
- Documenting stories on intimacy in the lives of older adults
Observational filmmaking and research; director/camera person was embedded in the facility for more than one year, living there full time for one month.
On the outside, it looks like any ordinary seniors’ facility. But on the inside, a series of remarkable love stories are unfolding. With startlingly intimate access, director Dominique Keller follows three different couples as they navigate the delights and challenges of late-in-life romance.
Following the daily routines in the facility, Keller strips away the elderly invisibility factor and brings each couple’s journey into tender focus. Despite health concerns, mobility issues, and interference from concerned families, the need for intimate connection and closeness remains steadfast. Quietly observational, Love: the Last Chapter builds fully embodied portraits of each individual in all of their indelible humanity.