Acting Our Age: A Film About Women Growing Old

A film by Michal Aviad

1987 | 58 minutes | Color | 16mm/DVD | Order No. 99496


An invigorating antidote for American culture's one-dimensional image of older women, this classic film offers empowering insights about women and aging for every generation. Personal portraits of six ordinary women in their 60's and 70's who share their lives. In candid interviews that tackle a range of thought-provoking topics, including self-image, sexuality, financial concerns, dying, and changing family relationships, members of the group display both a vibrant strength of spirit and inspiring zest for life.


"Realistic and honest, provocative and sensual."

Gloria Steinem

"A moving film about aging (and life!) that touches all of us. Its women share insights, optimism and courage."

Alice Walker

"***1/2 A moving examination of society's attitudes towards aging"

Daniel Ruth Chicago Sun Times


  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Nat'l Educ Film Festival, Silver Apple
  • Retirement Research Fdt National Media Awards, Honorable Mention
  • Nat'l Council on Family Relations Media Awards, Honorable Mention


Michal Aviad

Michal Aviad was born in Jerusalem and studied literature, philosophy and cinema after graduating high school. During the 1980s she lived in San Francisco, where she started making films, and since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce award-winning documentaries. Her films include: ACTING OUR AGE (1987, USA), THE WOMEN NEXT DOOR (1992, Israel), EVER SHOT ANYONE? (1995, Israel), JENNY & JENNY (1997, Israel), RAMLEH (2001, Israel), and FOR MY CHILDREN (2002, Israel). Aviad’s films examine the complex relationships between women’s issues and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, militarism, and ethnicity. In November 2019, Aviad was rewarded one of Israel’s most prestigious awards, the Landau Award for Arts and Sciences, endowed by Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, which cited her as "one of the most important directors in the history of Israeli cinema." In addition to continuing to make films, Aviad is also a faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television where she works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Cinema and Television. (01/20)


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