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Vishniac Closing Night Film


Sponsored By

Karen Green Charitable Trust

Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
June 11, 8:00 pm
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2023
Running Time 90 MIN
Language English
Director Laura Bialis

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Director Laura Bialis (Rock in the Red Zone) and producers Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman (Above and Beyond, Who Will Write Our History) take us on a journey through the various chapters in the life of photographer Roman Vishniac. From the cosmopolitan streets of pre-war Berlin, to the shtetlach in Poland and Lithuania to the Princeton offices of Albert Einstein, Vishniac’s achievements in art and science invited praise and controversy. Best known for capturing images of pre-Holocaust Jewish life and culture in Central and Eastern Europe, his astonishing portfolio became the last visual records of an entire vanished time, place and people. Vishniac explores the person behind the photos, while illuminating the many surprising chapters of his life. Vishniac's images and Bialis' beautifully-constructed reenactments are especially stunning on the big screen!

Presentation Details

Photo Credit (c) Gift of Mara Vishniac Kohn, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley
Live Zoom Q & A With Naomi Schiff, granddaughter of Roman Vishniac

Laura Bialis, Director

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Review "A film that wonderfully reveals a living breathing man to be behind some amazing images.” Unseen Films