The Guardians


Isabel Bader Theatre Wed, May 2, 2018 6:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Thu, May 3, 2018 4:00 PM
TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, May 4, 2018 10:15 AM
CC, ASL for intro/Q&A
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2018
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Aging & the Elderly
Crime & Punishment
Health, Mental Health & Addiction
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Billie Mintz
Producer(s):Billie Mintz
J.B. Sugar
Executive Producer(s):J.B. Sugar
Billie Mintz
Editor(s):Michele Francis
Writer(s):Billie Mintz
Cinematography:Sasha Moric
Billie Mintz
Composer:Todor Kobakov


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When Rudy and Rennie North retired in Las Vegas, the couple looked forward to their golden years in their own home. They didn't expect a state-appointed guardian to control their life savings and separate them from their daughter. Kidnapped from their home and drugged, they immediately lost their freedom to a stranger. Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system, fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth. His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and ally, following numerous families who are fighting to free their parents and bring justice to those who have abused a vulnerable population. Untangling a web of deceit, it becomes clear there are many more whose voices have been silenced. As an unprecedented portion of the population are about to become senior citizens, the perils of government programs meant to care for the elderly are brought into sharp focus in this unsettling cautionary tale. Alexander Rogalski

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