"Minding Our Own" Video Chat


"Minding Our Own" Video Chat

2015_Caregiving.com_SpecialScreening_360x360pxThrough June 1, we're enjoying a private screening of Minding Our Own, a 40-minute documentary by Inaya Graciana Yusuf, a who was graduate student from School of Visual Arts in New York City when she made the film.

Scroll down to watch my discussion with Inaya about her film.

To watch the film, log into your Caregiving.com account beginning Friday to see a notification from me with a password. Then, go to Minding Your Own and enter your password to watch. The film lasts 40 minutes. You can watch a trailer of the film at the bottom of this post. (Not a member of Caregiving.com? Create your free Caregiving.com account and join us.)

Minding Our Own is a compassionate portrayal of two families and their quest to understand the world of caregiving. While unearthing relationship dynamics, these unlikely heroes provide an intimate look into what it takes to truly care for another person. The film is a meditation on life’s surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.

Minding Our Own unveils the raw emotions that surfaces from the complexity of parenthood, adulthood and partnership, while redefining the meaning of love and friendship.

After you’ve watched the film as well as our discussion, feel free to share your thoughts and reactions in our comments section, below.

(Editor's Note: Inaya has 30 hours of film, not the three minutes she mentioned during our chat, between three families. You can donate to help Inaya continue to screen her film.)

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I think what I found most interesting about this film was the choice of families. So often all media is focused on dementia and caring for the elderly. It reminded me and at the same time put a different light on my childhood -- and the struggles my parents went though with my brother who suffered brain damage as a result of encephalitis at age 4. \r\n\r\nThe other thing that struck me was the pace of the film.... it was slow... not in a bad way but in the way that reflects the patience needed to calmly match the pace of a caree. \r\n\r\nWell done and thank you, Inaya.


I also liked the film. I think it showed both the struggles and the love caregiving can bring.


I loved this film, too. We've had several documentaries about caregiving recently. I love how this one features the stories in the family caregivers' words. To me, it's much more powerful to hear family caregivers talk about their concerns and fears than have a narrator describe them.


Relating on so many levels with this film. I sense the intensity of feeling (but not emotion), the focus and obsession and attention to detail of another's life, the trying to maintain a normal life, stability, shoulder to the wheel and business as usual. It appears that one family is even from the same part of New Jersey as I am; it all looks so familiar. I feel like I know all these people and could be good friends with them if we met. And the human mind is such a mystery; regardless of the physical problems, just the memory loss (or the lack of development at all) is such a puzzle. I saw Shirlee putting lipstick on her cheeks and thought, Yep. It made me feel guilty for not appreciating my mother, such as she is. And sorry for when I don't treat her with kindness or respect.