Documentary ‘Sky Blossom’ Highlights Young Caregivers

The Grier family, featured in the documentary film “Sky Blossom.”

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The Grier family, featured in the documentary film “Sky Blossom.”

Millions of Americans have stepped in as caregivers for loved ones with illnesses or injuries that mean they need help with daily living. The work is generally unpaid and often invisible to the world outside the family. Some of these caregivers are children. A new documentary, “Sky Blossom: Diaries of the Next Greatest Generation,” highlights young people who are taking on these roles in their families.

Director and co-producer Richard Lui, a news anchor at MSNBC and NBC News, talked with “Civic” about why and how young people are stepping in to do this work and what it means to be a caregiver. 

“Sky Blossom” will screen at CAAMFest on May 18 at 6 p.m. It will also air on MSNBC May 29 and 30, and will reach a theater in every state on May 26. 

“Caregiving for my own father is what probably opened my eyes to this. And there’s over 53 million family caregivers in America. Fifty-three is a huge number. And they represent half a trillion dollars in value every year in terms of the work these family caregivers do. They get no training, no pay, and they work more than overtime in many a case.”

— Richard Lui

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