‘The Book Keepers’ Gives Spiritual Insights Into Grief and Resilience
Documentary showcases husband who becomes unexpected spokesperson for late wife’s memoir
The Book Keepers is the uplifting documentary of a husband who keeps his wife’s dream alive and their filmmaker son, who chronicles the journey as they crisscross the country to fulfill a dying wish, ensure a legacy and find solace after tragic personal loss.
Carol Wall's memoir, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening, is about cancer, friendship and cultivating an open heart — and it was a breakout success. But joy turned to tragedy when the breast cancer she wrote about returned, and she died months after its publication. Carol's husband, Dick, determined to help her life-affirming message find its audience, became the book's unlikely spokesperson, embarking on a nationwide book tour. He was joined by the couple's filmmaker son, Phil, who captured his dad's efforts to ensure her dream lives on. The result is an intimate portrait of love and loss — an ode to the healing power of storytelling.
Director: Phil Wall
Writer: Phil Wall
Featuring: Phil Wall, Carol Wall, Dick Wall
Run time: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Release date: 2020
MPAA rating: NR, documentary
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