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Film of the Week: Life in Stills

A feisty 96-year-old lady and her grandson embark on a long battle to save their unique photo studio that documents the history of Tel Aviv. Earlier this year, Tamar Tal's documentary film received the Student Jury Award at the 2012 One World; now at the 2012 Hot Docs, it is among the best rated films by audience vote.

 

Life in Stills is part of the East Silver catalogue. It received the Student Jury Award at the 2012 One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. This week, it has its third screening at the 2012 Hot Docs. It is currently among the top 20 films competing for the People's Choice Award.

 

Life in Stills

 
 
Director: Tal Tamar
Producer: Heymann Barak
Production company: Heymann Brothers Films

Israel, 2011, 58 min, Beta SP, Digi Beta, Arts and Culture, Creative, Portrait, Social Issues

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.