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RUNTIME: 10:03

Ashraf is 100. Her husband Mohammed is 110. They’ve been married 80 years. This story of love, life and the passage of time is a funny and moving look at the unexpected secrets of a long life.

In this hyper-accelerated era of interconnectivity — where access is infinite and love is a “right swipe” away — how does the world look if you’ve been around for a century? What kind of wisdom do you have on tap?

Ashraf and Mohammed have been married to each other for 80 years. No, that is not a typo.

Ashraf is 100 and Mohammed is about to turn 110. They were born in Iran and lived there for 70 years before fleeing to Toronto to escape persecution.  Mohammed was a general in the Shah’s army; in 1979, he narrowly escaped death at the hands of the new fundamentalist regime with a combination of luck and timing. Canada became Ashran and Mohammed’s new home and their immigrant legacy is rich. They have a fantastic and successful brood to show for it: 8 children, 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren — who have all planted roots in Canada.

Granddaughter Samira shares these living treasures with us and gets to the bottom of the age old questions: how do you stay healthy? How do you stay married? What are the secrets of a long life?

In 100 and Counting: Secrets to a Long Life, we get a wry and hilarious look at a couple of centenarians who are still full of life, with character and attitude to spare!

Ashraf Mohyeddin passed away in December 2016.

Credits (Click to expand)

Director
Geeta Sondhi

Producers
Michelle Mama, Geeta Sondhi

Director of Photography
Gurjeet Mann

Editor
Nick Sewell

Sound Recordist
Sammy Yi

Assistant Camera
Sang Thanh-Nguyen

Translator & Interpreter
Samira Mohyeddin

Post Production by
EGGPLANT PICTURE & SOUND

Executive Producer
Paul Moyer

Producer
Candice McHugh

Colourist
Mark Driver

Online Editor
Kyle Smith

Digital Versioning Technician
Tim Camilleri

Post Coordinator
Darcy Smith

Sound Editor
Deanna Marano

Re-Recording Mixer
Bruce Fleming

Executive in Charge of Programming for CBC Docs
Lesley Birchard

Produced in Association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation 

Copyright Sondhi Productions Inc.