Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Film and Media Studies
Alone Together is a 40-minute documentary about immigrants living at the B’nai B’rith House for low-income seniors in Queens, New York. Focusing on three subjects, the film portrays aging as a diverse, bittersweet, and distinct experience. Juana, an 83-year-old Dominican, is dealing with a degenerative eye disease. Noemi, 87, left her five children in Ecuador to move to New York. Irina, a 67-year-old Russian, is the sole caregiver of her 91-year-old mother, who has terminal cancer. With a combined life span of more than 250 years, Juana, Irina, and Noemi’s accounts express how eclectic the experience of aging can be. Their poignant stories enlighten, provoke, and offer candid insights into challenges we will all face if we live into old age.
Faya, Fernanda R., "Alone Together" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.