A scene in the new documentary “Sky Blossom: Diary of the Next Greatest Generation” features Kello, 23, and 18-year-old siblings, talking to Hawaii about their “Kulina”, or Responsibility for taking care of his grandfather, an 80-year-old Korean war vet with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
In the “Sky Blossom,” part, it examines how cultural factors play into caring for a loved one. The film is an honest exploration of how five youth of color, ages 12 to 26, work as caretakers for a family member who is disabled.
Wednesday, the documentary premiered on Veterans Day at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC
The title of the film refers to the phrase “come to the sky here,” which is used by soldiers when they were getting help from paratroopers, and to highlight how the younger generations care. Is describing its own meaning. One in 4 caregivers is a millennium according to AARP, and more than half are Black, Hispanic, Asian American or resident of the Pacific Ocean.
First-time director Richard Louis, anchor of MSNBC, told NBC Asian America that he wanted to make an interdisciplinary film that resonates with teens and 20-somethings, but older generations. (NBC Universal is the parent company of NBC News and MSNBC.)
“It goes against the stereotype that young people are usually selfish or don’t give time to care for loved ones,” he said.
For Lui, the story is also personal. He is a carer for his father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s seven years ago and had a military background. “So this is also a film made by caregivers about caregivers. It’s about people of color who are people of color.”
He said that while exploring themes for the film with the help of various nonprofits, he not only made sure to look for young people from different castes and different regions and cultures.
Shown in “Sky Blossom” are five family grivers, who are black from Pennsylvania; Alvarados, who are Latino from California; Ploughs, who are white from Michigan; The Olens, who are Native Americans from Tennessee; And the Kapanuis, who are native to Hawaii.
Lui said, “We are living in very diverse times right now, and I want to tell that through their stories, we are all different and deal with these things differently, but we are all the same. “
Louis said the focus on these teenagers and millennials is for the support of their experienced parents and grandparents to be inspiring and informative.
“The hardest thing for people to understand is that they do it for free. It is almost a full-time job, ”he said. He said, ‘They are not receiving formal training. They just do it. “
Louis said that the most important thing for him was that the film evokes diversity through the stories of its characters.
“These are not stories you often see playing,” he said, “I’m thankful that we got to tell them.”