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Library and Archives Canada, John McCrae Auditorium
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0N4

Stolen Time (Helene Klodawsky | 2023 | 1 hr 25 min)

Free Screening

Tickets are first come, first served at the door

Doors open at 1:30pm

A compelling call for justice, Stolen Time follows charismatic elder rights lawyer Melissa Miller as she takes on the corporate for-profit nursing-home industry—an industry notorious for its lack of transparency and accountability. Her adversaries stand accused of neglecting their vulnerable charges as they reap huge profits. As the legal battle unfolds, we witness surprising testimonies and images from families, researchers, advocates and, most notably, frontline caregivers whose work is often undervalued but disproportionately blamed for what goes wrong. The film is a rare inside look at a legal battle and an emerging elder justice movement with ramifications —and inspiration—for us all.


The film will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A featuring writer/director Helene Klodawsky, researcher Dr. Amy T. Hsu and advocate Bonnie Schroeder, moderated by journalist Mohammed Adam, and presented in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Stolen Time is presented by the National Film Board of Canada and Intuitive Pictures, in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada.

Please note the film is in English and will be presented with French subtitles; the discussion and Q&A will be held in English.


Independent filmmaker Helene Klodawsky is a passionate storyteller committed to portraying political and social struggles, as well as to exploring the documentary art form. Her work, spanning over thirty-five years, includes past films The Invisible, Everywhere (2019), From Janet With Love (2017), Grassroots in Dry Lands (2015) and Come Worry With Us! (2013). A graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Klodawsky is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada, the Writer’s Guild, Film Fatales and Réalisatrices Équitables. She lives in Montreal.

Dr. Amy T. Hsu, Ph.D., is an Investigator at the Bruyère Research Institute and a Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on understanding the care needs of older adults across the continuum of care, from home care to end of life. Recently, she led the development of a national report examining the impact of COVID-19 on residents in Canadian long-term care homes. She also represents Canada in a collaborative project led by the International Long-term Care Policy Network that aims to compile worldwide data on COVID-19 in LTC homes.

Bonnie Schroeder, MSW, RSW, is a Director with The Council on Aging of Ottawa, an organization working to advance the wellbeing of the city’s older adults through advocacy, education, research, and planning. As a registered social worker, Bonnie brings more than 25 years of experience developing and evaluating community programs for older adults and their caregivers. During the early days of the pandemic, Bonnie supported the Long-term Care Sub-Committee of the COA as well as co-chaired the Long-term Care Working Group of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.

Moderated by Mohammed Adam, a journalist and commentator. Mohammed worked as a journalist in Ghana and the United Kingdom before joining the Ottawa Citizen, where he worked for 25 years as a senior reporter and member of the editorial board. He has written extensively about issues concerning long-term care, Now retired, Mohammed writes a weekly column on city and provincial affairs.


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