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Mr. Nobody - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB523526
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Silva Basmajian, John Spotton
Directors:  Lyn Wright
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Seniors, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1987
Running Time:  35:45

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Jack Huggins is sixty-five years old. He doesn't take very good care of himself, but he lavishes attention on his menagerie of cats. He repairs and hoards electronic equipment he has picked from the garbage. When Jack did not comply with a Health Department order to clean up, he was forcefully removed from his home, certified incompetent, and the Public Trustee took charge of his affairs. Jack felt that he was being treated "like Mr. Nobody. Just Mr. Nobody out on the street." This film will provoke the discussion of legal and ethical dilemmas concerning the self-neglecting elderly. Do mentally competent elders have the right to neglect themselves? Does the state have an obligation to intervene?

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