A documentary about teenagers and young adults caring for veteran parents with disabilities is set to screen in Alabama. This week, theaters nationwide will host a one-day showing of “SKY BLOSSOM: Diaries Of The Next Greatest Generation,” a documentary film directed by award-winning journalist and MSNBC anchor Richard Lui.
The film’s mission, according to a press release, is to bring attention to the difficulties and growth that happens around caring for family members with disabilities at a young age.
“While many are not even in college yet, these young caregivers stay at home to care for family members with tough medical conditions, doing things often seen only in hospitals,” says a description of the film in the press release. “They are cheerleaders, part-time workers, and college students — but they also live double lives, quietly growing up as America’s next greatest generation.”
The film, which marks Lui’s directorial debut, focuses on five young protagonists from Latino, Black, Native, Asian, and White families living in every region of America, from the South to the Pacific Islands:
- The Allen Family – a family with Native American ancestry from McMinnville, Tennessee. Chaz, the father, is an Army veteran and a double amputee with a fused arm. Daughters, Deryn, age 16, and Ryann, age 13, along with wife Jessica, share caregiving responsibilities.
- The Alvarado Family – a Latino American family from Long Beach, Cali. Brian is a Marine veteran who worked in the burn pits and now lives with throat cancer and skin auto-immune disease. His caregivers are daughter Rhianna, age 12, and his wife, Rocio.
- The Grier Family – an African American multi-generational family from Wexford, Penn. Grandfather Rob Sr. is an Air Force veteran with a fused spine and both knees injured. His caregivers are granddaughter Camille, age 16, and eldest son, Rob Jr.
- The Kapanui Family – a Native Hawaiian family from Waimea, Hawaii. Grandfather Bobby Nawai is an Army veteran with Alzheimer’s and dementia. His caregivers are grandchildren Kamaile, age 23, and Kaleo, age 18.
- The Ploof Family – a White European American family in Howell, Michigan. The father, Bill, is a Navy veteran amputee with diabetes, who suffered several strokes. His caregivers are daughters, Jenna, age 22, and Abbey, age 13.
In Alabama, “Sky Blossom” will show in Hoover at the AMC Theater in Patton Creek on May 26. The screening will start at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at skyblossom.com/tickets.
Ahead of the theatrical release, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release “Sky Blossom” for DVD and digital nationwide on May 25. MSNBC will broadcast “Sky Blossom” on May 29 at 5 p.m. CST and again on May 30 at 7 p.m. CST.
“This has been a four-year journey with donations and in-kind work from groups small and large, and from people with large and small pockets,” said Lui in the film’s press statement. “The story of these young care heroes helping family with disabilities inspires, much like the people who volunteered their hearts and minds to make this documentary, as most come from the communities the documentary features.”