Retirement is not for cowards

    AGEING: After following the ‘well-proven path’ of holding a job with the same company for a lifetime, everything is about to change - Rudy retires.
    Director: Steven Vit
    Country: Swizterland

    Many – particularly those living in the Global North – harbour a romanticised view of retirement. For decades, defined benefit pension plans promised Baby Boomers and Generation Xers, who dutifully contributed to society as productive citizens and lauded members of the workforce, lifetime pensions and a secure livelihood at the sunset of their lives – they would be able to travel near and far, pursue hobbies and at last spend time, which is now in plenty, with their families.

    My Old Man, a film  by Steven Vit
    My Old Man, a film by Steven Vit

    The prime of life

    «Welcome to the ‘prime of life’» – a short synopsis of Steven Vit’s documentary My Old Man reads, starring – as the title suggests – his father Rudy Vit and mother Käthi Vit. Like many of his generation, Rudy has held his job for a lifetime, working hard for a company he joined in 1976, just a year after it was founded. But now, as he retires, everything Rudy knows and has done for decades is about to change. No more alarm clocks, no more meetings in stale conference rooms, no more business trips . . .

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    Sevara Pan
    Journalist and film critic.
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