PICTURE OF HIS LIFE
(75 min) Canada/Israel/Mexico/US
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 22 (SESSION 19)

Directors/Producers:
Yonatan Nir, Dani Menkin

Description:

He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks. But one major predator has always eluded Amos Nachoum. The legendary underwater stills photographer always dreamed of swimming underwater with a polar bear and capturing it face-to-face on film. He tried before and barely escaped with his life, but now, as he nears the end of his career, he is determined to give it one last shot. The danger is real, perhaps more real than ever, but this is his last chance to get the Picture of His Life. Accompanied by Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Adam Ravetch, Amos dives into a world being rapidly erased by a changing climate and changing social norms. Adam was inspired by Amos at the start of his own career. Now is his chance to be there with his mentor on his last great adventure. As he prepares to escape to the ominous tranquility of the Arctic Ocean, Amos contemplates the series of unspoken events that drove him here, to the end of the world. After living through childhood abuse and war, swimming with a ferocious predator in a silent, cerulean realm may be the closest he will ever come to achieving real peace. It has been a long and painful journey, but where others find fear, Amos finds redemption.

Biography:

Yonatan Nir is award-winning filmmaker. He has been telling stories for over a decade – from epic photojournalist reports, to the critically acclaimed Dolphin Boy which was acquired by Disney Pictures and screened in over 130 film festivals, he successfully captures and portrays unique relationships formed between man and nature. After joining Hey Jude Productions in 2008, Nir went on to direct and produce Beyond the Boundaries, Cutting the Pain, My Hero Brother and The Essential Link.

Dani Menkin is a twice Israeli Academy-Award-Winning filmmaker for 39 Pounds of Love and Is That You? 39 Pounds of Love was acquired by HBO and shortlisted for the Oscar Awards. His 2017 basketball documentary about 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv, On The Map, is distributed by Lionsgate in North America and have been viewed throughout the world. Dani is a speaker and panelist at film festivals around the world, as well as a juror and film professor in American and Israeli Universities & Colleges.

Contact information:

w: https://www.pictureofhislife.com/
e: greenstick@gmail.com


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