The newest story on earth is the story of aging. Both in raw numbers and as a proportion of the world’s population there are more people over 50 alive today than ever before. Better public health and medical breakthroughs have allowed more of us to live long active lives.
You Can’t Keep the Sun From Shining explores the stories of five women in the winter of their lives. Their age being on the tenth decade, ranging between 94 and 104.9 (3 months short of 105 – her 11th decade). As the waves in the sea, we see and feel the inexorable ebb and flow of their tides. The radiant rays from the sun reflect on the silvery waters as the season of spring rises upon their horizon: their birth, bloom and flowering moments are revealed to us by their stories.
These older people have seen upheavals and tragedies over many years. They have witnessed wars, genocide, transition between silent film and Technicolor, radio to television, Internet and technology advances, landing on the moon and so much more. They share with us their hard won wisdom, their courage, love, stamina, strength and zest for life with the beloved generations who follow.
More years have provided them with more time to be creative, and to have a better perspective of what they’ve got, yet they have found a way to have a purpose and a meaning in their lives.
A tapestry unfolds before our eyes with lush, rich, and vivid descriptions of five strikingly splendid and strong women. Passing gradually through the autumn of their lives we can listen to the waxing and waning of their memories, their stories reflecting sights, smells, tastes and sounds turned alive and reverberating throughout. Some of them chillingly connected to one another in their childhood experiences, all possessing a will to live and a determination to move forward without dwelling in their past. Theirs are stories that can rock us, unraveling fearless personalities, facing the challenges of their own times. Our lives are touched indelibly for they celebrate, inspire, and constitute a true testament as to their persistence and ability to get things done. Having looked into their eyes, we can see the mirror of their souls. Their glorious years have turned into fountains of wisdom, determination and courage. Theirs are stories of acceptance in the passing of time with the irrevocable reality that cannot and must not be denied.
Director’s Biography 2019
Teresa H. Mular
Dr. Teresa Mular was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was raised and educated there, completing her University studies and graduating as a Medical Doctor at age 23. Parallel to that she studied piano and voice at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. As a young person she developed a lifelong passion for classical music and the arts. She moved to New York, to further her training at Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York-Kings County Hospital, in Brooklyn.
She became an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology years later at the same institution and had a long career as a physician and teacher. She has been President of the New York Gynecological Society (New York City) from 2014 to 2015. She has received several awards for her teaching activities from Stony Brook University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Although geographically far from her native town, she continued to visit her family in Buenos Aires and remained in close contact with her beloved homeland throughout the years. She developed a strong interest in creative photography, which led to obtaining various awards at diverse Long Island, New York competitions.
She is also a long time member of the New York Wagner Society and the North American Bruckner society as well a member and friends of the Carnegie Hall and the New York Metropolitan Opera house.