There Is a Place


Every week, singer-songwriter Lior Tsarfaty visits 15-20 different Alzheimer's care communities around the San Francisco Bay Area. With a guitar and large drum strapped to each shoulder and a large suitcase of instruments in tow, he enters each facility where a circle of elderly residents sit and wait in sleepy silence. Over the course of the session, Lior leads the group in singing and drumming. Smiles quickly spread, and neither residents nor staff can help but stand up and dance.

There Is a Place explores Lior's personal journey of discovering his gift of music as a young man and committing to spreading this gift in all directions from that point on. In doing so, he met with high demand from facilities taking care of the elderly, as loneliness, confusion and isolation are common effects of aging. Resident Joe Voytek somberly shares his deep longing for connection to others, which Lior's sessions allow and are in fact designed to foster. Somehow, contributing to a collective sound and energy within a circle of peers brings out presentness, playfulness and a sense of togetherness in the face of life's uncertainties, conflicts and end.

Filmmaker Bio(s)

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tania Ku (director/producer) is an emerging filmmaker living in San Francisco. Ku has worked as a renewable energy communications specialist for five years and currently works as a videographer, film producer, director, editor, cameraperson and sound recordist. As Ku's debut as a documentary filmmaker, There Is a Place combines her career experience as a writer and storyteller and her lifelong passion for building and encouraging a more integrated human family.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 2015
  • Director(s): Tania Ku
  • Producer(s): Tania Ku

FSP 1541