CHHM Doc takes Best of Fest in LA Film Festival

CHHM Doc takes Best of Fest in LA Film Festival

Kudos to Callista (Haggis) Ottoni and Farzine MacRae, whose film I’d Rather Stay won "Best of Fest" at the 2015 New Urbanism Film Festival in LA. Their short film was guided by research from the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and focuses on how the neighbourhood built environment affects the health and wellbeing of Canada’s rapidly aging population. 

"This is a significant win as it reaffirms aging, health, and social inclusion as important issues for the North American urban planning agenda," said Ottoni about the achievement. 

This year the New Urbanism Festival, a film festival that focuses on urban planning, received over 250 film submissions. The panel selected I'd Rather Stay as the overall winner, unanimously.

I'd Rather Stay is an intimate documentary film that explores the joys and challenges of growing older in one’s own home and neighbourhood. Told through the diverse experiences of 5 older adults, the film explores fear, resilience, and the importance of building more accessible and inclusive communities. You can watch the 20-minute film here.