GPJFF: PICTURE OF HIS LIFE
OPENING NIGHT FILM
PRESENTED BY GERSHMAN PHILADELPHIA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Philadelphia Film Center | Main Stage
General Admission: $25 (Ticket includes admission to post-film reception)
DANI MENKIN & YONATAN NIR | ISRAEL/USA/CANADA | 2019 | 72 MIN | ENGLISH/HEBREW/INUKTITUT W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES
World-renowned Israeli wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum is gearing up for the most challenging expedition of his career: to photograph a polar bear in his natural habitat, underwater in the Canadian Arctic. The 65-year-old Jaffa-born photographer has long been fascinated by the spectacular beauty of nature and its most striking creatures. Having communed with sharks, killer whales, crocodiles, and the like, his photographs have been featured in the world’s leading nature magazines. His expeditions have also received widespread acclaim for their attempts to dispel the myth of “dangerous” wildlife and demonstrate the joy of harmonious interactions between man and animal. Approaching his subjects with utmost respect and admiration has enabled Nachoum to achieve a rare level of intimacy and solace in his imagery, allowing for the full splendor of these animals to shine through.
In this fascinating portrait of a man dedicated to his photographic dream, filmmakers Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir, with the support of producer Nancy Spielberg, follow Nachoum on his quest to get the “picture of his life,” an undertaking deemed extraordinarily daring by even the photographer himself. As the journey unfolds, we learn of the infinite patience, preparation, and sacrifice that goes into the making of his work and the passion that drives this self-professed “soldier of Mother Nature” in his perilous quest for redemption and inner peace.
Special Guest: Dani Menkin | Co-Director of Picture of His Life
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