Many seniors lament the lack of quality movie choices featuring protagonists in their 50s, 60s, 70s and
80s. And while that might be a true obstacle when looking for big Hollywood productions, it becomes
less of a challenge when you look to documentaries. Here are three documentaries that feature seniors
from 50 to their mid-90s and are a must-watch for both entertainment and inspiration.
1. Advanced Style: High fashion is not just the domain of models, Hollywood stars and trust fund
Millennials. Many seniors are embracing couture and alternative styles that they didn’t have the
confidence, courage or cash to wear when they were younger. In the documentary, Advanced
Style, photographer Ari Seth Cohen follows several stylish seniors and gets insights about their
tastes, their process in shopping, accessorizing and creating outfits and the opportunities their
styles afford them.
2. Burt’s Buzz: Since the 1990s, Burt’s Bees earth-friendly personal care products have been a
staple in homes across the country. But the story of the founder, Burt Shavitz, and his New
England company isn’t as simple as Burt’s Bees product ingredient lists might lead you to
believe. This documentary highlights the ups and downs of the Burt’s Bees story and shows how
founder Shavitz chose to live a simple, private life after being bought out.
3. Jiro Dreams of Sushi: You don’t have to love sushi to enjoy the intricate story of Jiro, an 85-year-
old sushi chef who charges $300 per plate. Watching Jiro’s obsessive attention to detail is at
times fascinating and other times frustrating, but his single-minded dedication to his craft is an
amazing reminder that age doesn’t have to be a barrier between an individual and an art or
activity they love.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to documentaries featuring seniors. What
documentaries would you recommend seniors watch? Share your suggestions and comments below!