Azza Cohen’s Float! is a short documentary that takes a dip into her Bubbe Judy Miller’s journey through her bucket list, wading through society’s assumptions about octogenarian women, their attitudes, and their bodies as we watch Bubbe learn to swim at 82 years young. Cinematic portrayals of aging too often lament the process, focusing on our immutable pasts and writing off the possibilities ahead. But what if we considered getting older through a lens of agency, exploration, satisfaction, and even exhilaration? What if 82 was just right for Bubbe to strip off her clothes and inhibitions — and our expectations — and dive headfirst into something new? Float! encourages audiences to adjust our goggles and reframe our nostalgia for youth, our notions of beauty, and our fear of aging. Join the charming and wise Bubbe as she boldly looks forward and inspires viewers to jump in with her; the water’s warm.
Directed by Azza Cohen (USA)