Author: susan gluth

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Very Senior – Attitude is everything

SYNOPSIS (german title: Gestorben wird Morgen) There is a place in Arizona that is so peaceful that people go there to die: a retirement community in the middle of the desert, especially designed for senior citizens, with palm trees and bungalows, blue skies, red sunsets, an abundance of pharmacies and extra-wide streets for a comfortable ride in your golf cart! Seen from Europe, Sun City seems like a utopian vision: a town designed on the drawing board that looks like some extra-terrestrial apparition. And yet, since 1963 it has been routine and everyday reality. Fun! Fun! Fun! The bright lights flash: there is a punk band in the garage and a tap dance revue on the stage. The old punks call themselves “One Foot in the Grave” and the tap dancers radiate revue charm with undisguised pleasure in what they are doing instead of a perfect figure and blemish-free skin. Aging is a condition where “aches and pains are part of the deal”, as Jim observes. On the other hand, you have reached a point …
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Nepal

Chitwan is part of the western Terai in Nepal. Tharuland. Well known for it's Royal National Park where you can explore the wilderness by feet and met easily hundreds of birds species, rhinos, elephants and tigers. Not every encounter will be survived, but mostly people are lucky. When I visited the area in December 2016, I focussed on Rapti-river and the Tharu living there. People are washing themselves, their clothes and cars in the water. Elephants come for a bath frequently. Men are fishing and women harvesting snails. Everyday life.  One morning I stood at the riverbank and Salina, 11 years old  invited me spontaneously for tea with her family while she and her brother prepared for school. We couldn't speak to each other, I only know some nepali words but we found a way to communicate. It was a very happy start into a new morning.
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Life & Work

photography by doro carl, Hamburg   About the camerawoman, director and producer susan was born in Hamburg, Germany. Before studying at the Academy of Film and Television in Munich in 1995, susan joined practical training as a forest ranger, cook and a veterinarian in the 1980ies. After secondary school and studying business and commerce in Hamburg she went in 1990 for longer stays in Italy and France, developing her horsebackriding and photographic skills. In the early nineties susan explored the advertising business, working with filmproductions and photographers. From 1993-1997 she was travelling the world taping the sound for TV-features. At the filmacademy (1995-2002) susan became deeply impressed by the neorealistic italian epoque and the social and artistic aspects in films by Raymond Depardon and Ken Loach (spending a week of lectures with Loach himself). In combination with lessons by journalist Gerd Ruge (who arranged practical training as correspondent-trainee in the studios of ARD and ZDF in Nairobi, Kenia) she explored a wide branch of possibilities how to tell stories in pictures and sounds. At HFF …