Giants of Time
Giants of Time is a moving, poignant and profound look at the wisdom of the elderly and the astonishing endurance of the human spirit.
The title of the film is taken from the Marcel Proust quote “Could their memories occupy space, they would stand like giants in the enormity of their time.”
It’s hard to imagine how the collective memory of people can inhabit space, but this is true of the wisdom and recollections of people who have almost lived a century and can remember the massive changes that have taken place over their lifetime.
Giants of Time interviews a collection of 90 plus year olds and begins to scratch the surface in it’s sixty minute runtime of collecting the vast recollections of a clutch of very vibrant souls who tell stories from their past but also reflect on how these memories coalesce into affirmation, joy and wisdom.
This is a fascinating look at the power of telling your own story and the way memories can inform both our present and future. There is also immense value in the sharing of wisdom and passing these stories on to the present generation.
In a world that is can be very ageist the “giants” interviewed for this documentary have in essence had their feet in two generations. All have lived through world wars, advances in technology, medicine and many other life experiences and they all share these recollections with a mixture of sadness and hope for future generations. All are passionate about life and leaving a legacy. The “giants” interviewed are of Aboriginal, Armenian, Australian, Chinese, English, French, Italian, New Zealand, Russian, Serbian and Swiss decent, so the shared memories cover world history in a way that is unique to their experience.
Producers have interspersed these fascinating recollections with archival footage, bringing together an educational as well as emotional recollection of the past through the eyes of the interviewees.
The vibrancy of the people interviewed for this documentary often defies their age and resonates with Proverbs 3:13-18 “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.”