BET: When This Mom Lost Her Job at 75, She Finally Put Herself First

Never did it hit me how difficult it might be to raise two Black sons until I began shooting a documentary about my mom this past year. The film, Duty Free, follows her after she's fired at age 75 and rediscovers life by going on a bucket list journey. 

My mom wanted to skydive and join Instagram, take a surprise vacation and bake a cake with her granddaughter. But, surprisingly, my mom also wanted to "take a hip-hop class." When I asked why, she told me, "I always watched you two dancing so proudly, and I could never hear the beat. I just wanted to dance to the beat." 

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Sian-Pierre Regis
Bustle: Why 'Duty Free' Is The Perfect Mother's Day Movie To Support

While you should totally remember to celebrate your mother this Mother's Day, once you watch the trailer for the film Duty Free, you're going to also want to do something for mothers everywhere. Kickstarter is home to thousands and thousands of promotions, asking for funding to complete interesting, important and complex projects. But every once in a while, a project stands out for being different, and just a little bit more important — and that project, right now, is Duty Free.

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Sian-Pierre Regis
Forbes: After Being Fired At 75, This Woman Is Living Her Dreams

After working for 50 years in the hospitality industry and never missing a day of work, 75-year-old Rebecca Danigelis left this shocking voice message for her son, Sian-Pierre Regis: “I’ve just been fired. Call me back.” She was in disbelief, couldn't stop crying and didn’t want to wake up. That’s when Regis had a crazy good idea that has turned into his full-time job: join his mom on a bucket list journey, film it and call the documentary Duty Free. Thanks to a very successful Kickstarter campaign, the idea became a reality. Join us on this episode of Mentoring Moments podcast and find out why these things are on the top of Danigelis' list: milk a cow in Vermont, skydiving in Hawaii, take a hip-hop class with a Hamilton dancer, reunite with her daughter, bake a cake with her granddaughter and join Instagram

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Sian-Pierre Regis
PEOPLE: Devoted Son Helps 76-Year-Old Mother Fulfill Her Bucket List After She Loses Job: 'He Brought Me Back to Life'

A year after losing her job, a 76-year-old woman has found a fresh outlook on life largely thanks to her son, who is helping his mother fulfill her bucket list, one adventure at a time.

Rebecca Danigelis was abruptly fired from her job in the housekeeping industry in September 2016. The job was a point of pride for Danigelis. As an immigrant who moved to the United States from England in the late 1960s, she felt being employed was inextricably tied to her self-worth. For Danigelis, losing the job that helped her raise her two sons—Sian-Pierre and Gabriel Regis—was nothing short of devastating.

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Rebecca Mellinger