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As we grow older, we all need to learn how to move on, leaving our former lives and possessions behind. But how? The Art of Downsizing highlights the excruciating decisions involved in navigating the rocky terrain of downsizing, one of the least talked-about yet most significant transitions any of us will ever make.

Timely and engaging, this documentary dives deep into the challenges of what it means to pack up a lifetime of belongings when you’re grappling with a future that is destined to fall out of your control.

Skillfully captured by award-winning filmmaker Geeta Sondhi, we follow three unforgettable characters at this difficult crossroad.

Barb is 79, and on the cusp of moving on from the large suburban home she entertained, raised children and lost her husband in.

Bill, 62, is digging himself out from under an avalanche of generations of inherited belongings from his wife’s family. The thought of letting go of the precious heirlooms he has inherited from the love of his life weighs heavily on his heart and soul. And then there’s the quintessential matriarch, Kathleen, who struts into her 90th birthday party like Beyonce, under her family’s adoring gaze.

The symbols of achievements and mementos collected over a lifetime of hard work, struggle, loss and pain, come under the scrutinizing lens of real estate agents, organizing companies, antique assessors, and family members. Moments of extreme vulnerability rub up against unexpected feats of courage in the struggle to say goodbye to the final proof of times gone by.

The Art of Downsizing is about the ties that bind and the love of life, of friends and of family. It’s a celebration of those pioneering souls who take the risk of trading in the emblems of their past for a fresh start and the preservation of their independence as far into the future as they can see.

Credits (Click to expand)

written, directed and produced by

Geeta Sondhi

director of photography

Gurjeet Mann

editor

Bruce Lapointe

original music composed by

Kevin Lau

associate producers

Nina Beveridge

Michael Wheeler

additional camera

Russell Gienapp

Ryan Woon

Luke Saagi

Nathan Allen

camera assistants

Sang Thanh Nguyen

Jermain Bagnall

production assistants

Fallon Collett

Yvano Wickham-Edwards

Anya Bystram

Hana Cook

Lance Matthews

Jerome Esguerra

Peter Molloy

Attiya Begum Khan

sound recordists

Igal Petel

Mike Myrden

Richmond Lee

Micheal Nicholas Gouvis

Chad Hunter

Chris Miller

Jamila Bello

assistant editor

Christopher Matheson

researchers

Danielle Heifa

James Broadley

consultants

Dr. Raza Mirza

Tinu Sinha

Heather Haynes

story consultants

Cynthia Banks

Sergio Alvarado

post production / business managers

Christine Kleckner

Colette Vosberg

Danielle Heifa

Fadumo Diriye

music

Pork Pie

Composed By Samuel Rex Ogilvie Brown and Huw Teilo Jones

Courtesy of APM Music

Remote Drums Story

Composed by Frederic Charles Jacques Sicart

Courtesy of APM Music

post producer

Carlo Vitelli

online editor

David Fiorentino

colourist

Mark Driver

digital versioning technician

Tim Cammileri

audio post

Mike Duncan

stills photographer

Bo Huang

publicity

Ingrid Hamilton

web design

Danielle Heifa

title design

Nick Sewell

legal

Henderson & Co

Hall Webber LLP

insurance

Front Row Insurance Brokers

production auditor and tax credits

Jimmy Ye

bookkeeping

Deborah van Gelder

Pam Leeuwestein

Ryan Dias

thanks

Eggplant Post Production Services

N.I.C.E.

CARP

Reconnect Community Services;

Syme Woolner Neighbourhood & Family Centre

Jamaica Canadian Association Seniors Group

Christie Gardens

Flight Centre Queen West

Value Village

Strashin Developments Ltd.

Waddingtons

special thanks

Nathan Shields Sonita Sondhi Kember Shyam Selvadurai

Justine Mark Jessica Williams Calvin Mann

Terril Calder Laura Tamblyn-Watts Adaoma Patterson

Stephen Ranger Van Echeverri Shane Corkery

Usha Bala Yuri Shevchuk Gina Cottreau

Brandon Ash-Mohammed Hoodo Hersi Morgan Butler

Dodds & Brophy Families Gordon & Davis Families Cheng & Andrachuk Families

for the CBC

general manager, programming

Sally Catto

executive director, unscripted content

Jennifer Dettman

senior director, documentary

Sandra Kleinfeld

senior director of production, unscripted content

Alexandra Lane

executive in charge of production

Charlotte Engel