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!
In person guest: Naomi Schiff, granddaughter of Roman Vishniac
“A film that wonderfully reveals a living breathing man to be behind some amazing images.” Unseen Films
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