No Elderly Left Behind

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Japan is a graying society. More than a quarter of the population is over 65 and life expectancy for women is a whopping 86. Yoshie Senda is a dedicated 80-year-old on a mission. For the past 16 years, she has been rebuilding ties within her community in a collective effort to tackle elderly isolation in Tokyo’s Adachi ward. Located in northeastern Tokyo, the ward has one of the highest concentrations of elderly people in the metropolis. While trying her best to embrace her golden years, Yoshie spends much of her time visiting her peers and creating a space where they can have fun and share their memories.

Director Irene Herrera
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Social Issue / Elderly People / Family
Air Date (JST)
Monday, March 27, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017 *rerun

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Irene Herrera

Irene Herrera


Irene Herrera is a Cuban-Venezuelan filmmaker and video journalist with more than 15 years experience producing and creating documentary and journalistic content with a focus on Latin America and Asia. Irene’s films have been broadcasted internationally and featured at numerous film festivals and museums. She is also a regular contributor to AFP, AJ+,, Seeker Network and Vox. Her films are usually character and issue driven with an emphasis on gender, statelessness, refugees, and mobility. In Japan she obtained an MFA in filmmaking at Nihon University as a recipient of a Monbukagakusho scholarship. Irene has been a Flaherty Seminar Fellow and a Professional Resident at the University of Miami's Knight Center for International Media. Currently she teaches documentary filmmaking at Temple University Japan. As a neo-nomadic third-culture kid, her love for traveling and storytelling has taken her to more than 65 countries.


The Last Kamikaze. The Guardian, 2015. 8 min.
Cracked Foundations, NHK World, 2015. 28 min.
Some Bunny Loves You, Seeker Network, 2015. 6 min.
Spirits to Enlightenment. DOC Challenge/Hot Docs, 2012.7 min.
Urban Villages: 7 short documentaries on fastest Asia's fastest growing cities. TU, 2012. 35 min.
Crossing Hispaniola, Knight Center for International Media, 2010. 15 min.
12 Cameras, Knight Center for International Media, 2010. 6 min.
Vwa Fanm. Knight Center for International Media at University of Miami, 2011.
Forgotten Dreams, Doc Challenge, 2009. 7 min.
You Can Call Me Nikkie, Doc Challenge, 2008. 7 min.

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