|Sunset Cruise: a documentary short|
It could be the adventure of a lifetime, but it probably won't be.
Sunset Cruise is a 28-minute documentary by Ali Mann
and Anastasia Mann. Filmed in Southern Florida and the Eastern Caribbean, the film combines interviews and verité to tell a story of love, labor and loss.
It's been called a demographic tsunami. Big changes are afoot in Europe and North America, as retirees reach new milestones in longevity. These new very old folks require extensive care. Increasingly, it’s migrants from the Global South who do their heavy lifting. SUNSET CRUISE offers a harsh, funny and poignant glimpse at what this future holds.
Marty and Bea are a married couple of nonagenarians whose days unfold in bleak isolation within a middle-class housing complex in sunny Florida. Dee is one of the immigrant laborers who helps sustain their fragile lives while carefully toeing the invisible line between family member and domestic.
Dee agrees to accompany Marty on what proves to be his final voyage: a cruise through her native Caribbean. Aboard the massive ship, Marty and Dee navigate uneasily among the ship's vacationers and its migrant workers.
With tenderness and complexity, SUNSET CRUISE offers evidence that the human struggle for dignity knows neither age limits nor national borders.