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Coming of Age Film Festival to Celebrate the Power of Aging

May 3: Opening night reception to kick off free film festival at Museum of Photographic Arts

Experts to discuss the wisdom of the aging generation related to five films followed by Q&As throughout May

San Diego CA The Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) announces the 9th annual Coming of Age Film Festival in partnership with San Diego State University professors. These free film screenings will highlight a different topic related to aging every Friday from May 3 to May 31. Joaquin Anguera, Ph.D., retired professor of Gerontology, School of Social Work at San Diego State University, will introduce films and moderate a question and answer after the films. This festival’s films discussions explore topics relating to intergenerational issues and lifelong growth.

Coming of Age is the only film festival in San Diego dedicated to promoting, reinforcing and celebrating the process and power of aging. MOPA creates dialogue and new perspectives on aging through discussion and films that challenge cultural perceptions of life at different ages.
“With our own educational programs ranging from six-year-olds to seniors, this festival promises to inspire and enlighten on an often-overlooked topic. In our extremely youth-centric culture, I think it is fair to say that this film festival is nothing short of counter-cultural,” says Deborah Klochko, MOPA’s executive director and chief curator.
“We hope that we can start a community discussion on the complex and wonderful experiences that accompany old age” says Joaquin Anguera, professor at San Diego State University and co-director of the Coming of Age Film Festival.


  • May 3 at 6 p.m. – Opening night wine reception
  • May 3 at 7 p.m. – Coco
    Miguel, a young boy who dreams of becoming an accomplished musician, finds himself in the Land of the Dead. This begins a journey where he learns the real story behind his family history and his idol Ernesto de la Cruz.
  • May 10 at 7 p.m. – Elsa y Fred
    When two seventy-something year olds get in a fender bender, an unlikely late-life romance develops. They partake on adventures through the streets of Madrid and making one great wish come true.
  • May 17 at 7 p.m. – Finding Your Feet
    After learning that her husband is having an affair with her best friend, Lady Sandra Abbot goes to London to live with her older sister. The two realize their stark differences and create an inseparable bond through dance.
  • May 24 at 7 p.m. – Alive Inside
    Dementia patients are just one of many victims of a broken healthcare system. Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit organization Music and Memory, works with dementia patients to combat memory loss and restore their sense of self through music.
  • May 31 at 7 p.m. – The Party
    One dinner party-turned unexpected announcement provokes revelations among a group of political-minded friends. The sophisticated soiree becomes filled with arguments, shouting and a pointed gun.
Additional details
  • Organization: Museum of Photographic Arts and San Diego State University
  • Date and Time: Every Friday in May at 7 p.m.
  • Location: 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Registration: Free first come, first served at MOPA
  • Website: www.mopa.org