Coping and Caring during COVID-19: Aging in Film and in Real Life

  • 30 mins

In the best of times, caregiving and aging are difficult topics to broach with our loved ones. In the midst of a pandemic, the demands and stressors on both caregivers and seniors alike are exponentially heightened. From feelings of loneliness and anxiety, to physical sickness or financial difficulty, chances are you or someone you know is struggling or grieving. 

Join us for a special discussion as we bring together experts from AARP, local government, and filmmakers from our community to explore the ways we cope with and care for ourselves and our loved ones. Learn tips on how to manage stress, communicate your needs and find helpful resources, and hear from directors featured on CAAMFest FORWARD on how they view, share, and process these important issues as documentary and creative storytellers.


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Speaker Bios:

Daphne Kwok (Vice President, Multicultural Leadership — Asian American & Pacific Islander Audience Strategy, AARP) 

Daphne’s work empowers Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to choose how they live as they age.  Previously, she was Executive Director of Asians & Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation in San Francisco, the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, and for 11 years, the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), a national membership based civil rights organization. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to chair his Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Ms. Kwok’s board service includes: Chair of APIAVote,  a member of the Comcast-NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Advisory Council, Co-Chair of the Nielsen External Asian Pacific Advisory Council and board member of the Asian American Advertising Federation.  In 2019, she will serve a 2-year term as a member of the Network of Multicultural Aging Council of the American Society on Aging.

Nita Prasad LMFT, BPCC (Clinical Supervisor, Aging and Family Services, City of Fremont)

Nita Prasad, LMFT currently works with City of Fremont as a Clinical Supervisor managing team of social worker case managers, counselor, and interns who address social isolation, mental health issues and challenges, complex medical issues that require intense case management to the older adult who are  at risk of becoming institutionalized. She also has a small private practice where she serves children and families. She brings valuable expertise through her decades of work with diverse groups including the older adults. As an immigrant she is passionate about serving and educating the community about latent and obvious challenges encountered when working with the API population. While she enjoys her professional work immensely, she is also a strong spiritualist, an active volunteer, loves hiking and mini travels, and enjoys board games.

Mallorie Ortega (Director, The Girl Who Left Home)

Mallorie Ortega is a director, writer, and producer, best known for directing rom-com musical short film Mango Sticky Rice. In 2016, Mallorie was accepted into the Television Academy Foundation Directing Program, where she shadowed directors from Jimmy Kimmel Live, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy, and Hairspray Live. Mallorie was a finalist of the Viacom’s Directing Program in 2016 and as well as a finalist for the ABC Directing Fellowship in 2018. She is currently slated to direct a feature film for Viola Davis’ Production company, JuVee Productions.

James Q. Chan (Producer/Creator, You Are Here)

James Q. Chan is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker based in San Francisco. He directed and produced FOREVER, CHINATOWN (PBS/World) and the film received an Emmy® nomination, multiple jury and audience awards, and has screened globally with American Film Showcase, the US State Department/USC Cinematic Arts film diplomacy program where James serves as an envoy. James’ recent credits include producing Harry and Josh Chuck’s CHINATOWN RISING (CAAMFest Opening Night); BLOODLINE (coming to public television 2021) and directing large-format 360° CIRCLE VISION films for Disney. Prior to his training with two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK; CELLULOID CLOSET; HOWL), James worked as a talent agent. James received a Certificate of Honor from the city of San Francisco for his work in amplifying stories from the APA community. His refugee and working class background, love for nature shows, memories of his mother’s cooking shape his sensibilities throughout all his stories. He is currently adapting Laurence Yep’s acclaimed Child of the Owl book into his narrative feature debut. James is a member of the Directors Guild of America.

Dorothy Quock (Field Producer, You Are Here)

Dorothy G.C. Quock was born & lives in San Francisco Chinatown.  Her ancestral heritage led her to probe into multi-cultural study, as well as American Chinese history.  With a travel / tourism degree & certification, she led 19 groups to People’s Republic of China, besides living there many months at a time.  In addition during 1982 to 1990 assisted colleagues on trips to Cook Islands, East Africa, South America. In recent years Dorothy has traveled not only in USA, but countries around the globe.  She is currently a Tour Leader for San Francisco’s Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours since 1991.  Dorothy is a researcher / field producer for Good Medicine Picture Company.

Set Hernandez-Rongkilyo (Director, COVER/AGE)

Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an undocumented immigrant filmmaker and community organizer whose roots come from Bicol, Philippines. Since 2010, they have been organizing around migrant justice issues from education equity to deportation defense. They are the co-founder of the Undocumented Filmmakers Collective which seeks to advance media justice by tackling the inequities that undocumented filmmakers face. With short films televised, featured, and awarded in film festivals across the U.S., Set works on projects that explore the intersectional issues impacting undocumented immigrants. Set is the Impact Videos Producer at the California Immigrant Policy Center where they produced COVER/AGE about healthcare justice for undocumented elders. They also served as Assistant Editor and Impact Producer for PJ Raval’s documentary, Call Her Ganda, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.

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About Presenting Sponsor AARP:
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50-plus to choose how they live as they age. AARP strengthens communities and advocates for health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment by providing ongoing and up-to-date resources. Learn more at and @AARPAAPI on social media.