Spiritual activist Stephen Jenkinson weaves a grief road and rally cry for the return of elderhood in a troubled time.
For years, Stephen Jenkinson led the palliative care department at a major Canadian hospital. Sitting at the deathbeds of over 1000 people, he discovered again and again “a wretched anxiety” around death. He recognized this death phobia it is not a personal issue, but a symptom of a larger cultural absence, including the loss of elders. Soon after Stephen and his wife Nathalie opened the Orphan Wisdom School - a learning house for "elders-in-training." This fall, he's heading on the road one more time, alongside veteran Canadian musician Gregory Hoskins for the ‘Nights of Grief and Mystery’ tour. LOST NATION ROAD weaves a compelling case for what happened to elders in this culture, the consequence on youth today, and what can be done for the generations to come.
Our team combines a broad range of artistic experience and talent, from shooting, editing, producing and composing. We can't wait to share with you what we will create together.
Master storyteller and grief-practitioner, Stephen is the main subject of the film. We'll hear his fierce though compassionate take on what happened to elders in this culture, and what might be done for a better day. Good storytelling is equal parts lament and laughter, and his sharp sense of humour will ring throughout.
Victoria based poet and longtime Orphan Wisdom scholar, Rachelle offers insight into the potency of Stephen's teachings, and her own mark on what happened to elders of her generation.
Edmonton based entrepreneur and social justice activist, Tad has spent years doing the hard labour of re-learning his own ancestral tongue of Gaelic and exploring his own roots in Scotland. A longtime Orphan Wisdom scholar, he knows full well the lack of eldership in his own life, after a near-death experience that changed his path forever.
Vancouver based, Erica is trained in community planning and climate change adaptation, with a deep understanding of change processes to the practicalities of policy, planning and community development. Her path shifted deeply when a friend took their own life, and the skills of grief and love became utterly necessary for her and her generation more than ever.
Galvanized through Stephen’s books ‘Die Wise’ and ‘Come of Age’, our documentary compliments on the teachings in these books and will be well received by readers and fans of Stephen's work.
Stephen refers to himself as a “cultural activist”, sharing teachings and skills of, “deep living and making human culture.” This film is for anyone embedded in spiritual or cultural communities - folks of all ages willing to dive into the hard labour of being truly useful in this time.
Stephen was once a programme director in palliative care of a major Canadian hospital. Those caregivers and medical professionals interested in supporting others in their dying time, means reframing the conversation much earlier than the death bed.
Stephen Jenkinson has an extensive community made up of past and present ‘Orphan Wisdom’ scholars, readers of his books ‘Die Wise’ and ‘Come of Age’ and viewers of the NFB documentary, ‘Griefwalker’. We’ll tap into these networks to spread LOST NATION ROAD far and wide.
We’ll leverage our combined 23 thousand followers on social media to generate conversation around death and elderhood and direct people towards our documentary. The director has had number web shorts surpassing 100,000 views each, some even hitting 2 million online.
We’ll screen this documentary in communities across the country to spark dialogue and reach a wider audience.