no regrets

“no regrets” places the viewer in the midst of the everyday world of an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s. Her varying range of experiences manifest from an existence free from physical confines while slowly entrapped by the mentally debilitating progression of the disease.

  • Emeline Mann Sanchez
  • Emeline Mann Sanchez
  • Emeline Mann Sanchez
  • Mae Fong Mann
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 23 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
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Director Biography - Emeline Mann Sanchez

In the many paths in her journey, Emeline was the art director for an Easter Seals telethon, in an impromptu internship at a local television station, completed a yearlong apprenticeship at a local radio station—all leading to accidental filmmaker when her BFF, her dearest, sweetest mother left this world, the same mom she had been caregiving for the past 10+ years.

When people automatically ship their elderly parents off to a nursing home, they miss out on the most indelible moments and memories with their parents—the times they could have shared, raptured in, cherished.

Emeline shows how being with an elderly parent in their latter years can be rewarding not only for the parent but for the children; it is in the here and now, and/or it is a future that pertains to all of humanity including the viewers of “no regrets.”

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Director Statement

Those familiar with Alzheimer's can see the contrast of a functioning patient and the latter stages of decline. This entry visually immerses the viewer into their world of shifting sensibilities and cognition.

Come what may, it is ideal to be involved with your elderly parent(s) in her/his/their physical and emotional activities; this benefits the parent, as well as the children, and should the conditions be right, caring for your parents yourself can be transcendentally rewarding.

The joys of caring for your elderly parent at home is the day-to-day interactions that will go every which way it will; all things—the banal, the milestones, the good, the bad, and everything in between, would be lost or at best, few and far between if your parent was away from home.