Life in Stills
Co-Sponsor: The Mint Museum
At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when “The Photo House” – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help.
Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments.
Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments – a journey that requires a lot of love, courage, and compassion.
A special 30 minute tour with curator Amber Smith in Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer will begin at 6 p.m.
Ophir Award for Best Documentary from the Israeli Film Academy 2012
Best Israeli Documentary – Doc Aviv International Documentary Film Festival 2011
Top Ten Audience Favorite – Hot Docs 2012
Best Documentary Magnolia Awards – Shanghai TV Festival 2012
Winner – Documentary Edge Festival 2012
Audience Award – Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2012
Audience Award – Krakow Film Festival 2012
Student Jury Award – One World Film Festival, Prague 2012
Jury Mention Award – Zagreb Film Festival, Croatia 2013
Languages: Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Run Time: 60 minutes