Movies that Matter: Film Screenings for Schools - Absolutely No Spitting

Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021 at 11:00am

New York, NY 10001

Please call before attending any community events. It is likely that they will be postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus. You can find CDC coronavirus information at; AARP has additional resources at

Live Virtual Q&A

Absolutely No Spitting (2020)

Film run time: 10 minutes

Film available for screening upon registration

The documentarian Judith Helfand adopted a daughter at the age of 50, becoming, in her own words, a “new old” mom. In this touching and vibrant short documentary, Helfand asks Theo, her bright four-year-old daughter, to spit—just this once!—into a saliva collection tube for the DNA tracing company, 23andMe. According to the test results, Helfand is 99.9% Ashkenazi Jewish. Her daughter is from a “rainbow” of countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. Mother and daughter embark on a quest to explore their shared and divergent heritage while Helfand reflects on love, community, family, religion, and race.

Film available for streaming upon registration. Live virtual Q&A with Judith Helfand, director on March 9 at 11AM EST.

Register via the online form or email .

This event listing provided for the New York community events calendar. Community events are not associated with or sponsored by AARP, but may be of interest to you. If you have an event to share, let us know!

Images provided by, Ticketmaster

More from AARP in New York

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in New York
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner