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2014 | 16+ | 47мин

When People Die They Sing Songs

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Music resists oblivion and death. Songs in Yiddish to help the victims of the Holocaust to return to the past after a silence the length of a half-century

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“When People Die They Sing Songs” is a story of mother and daughter who resolve to uncover their wartime past buried half a century ago. After suffering a stroke, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Regina is getting music therapy. Accompanied by a music therapist, Regina sings Yiddish and French songs of her youth. Her daughter Sonia is with her at every session. This revitalizes their mother-daughter relationship and emboldens them to revisit their past. With Regina’s help, Sonia tries to capture their family story. The past they were so eager to forget they are now anxious to remember. Yet Regina’s memory is rapidly succumbing to dementia.

Genre
Documentary, Drama
Year
2014
Country
Russia
Runtime
47мин
Language
English
Translation
Russian subtitles
Age
16+
Awards
  • 2014 Nomination for Student Oscar
  • 2014 Cine Golden Eagle Award
  • 2014 International Independent Film Award – Bronze Winner
  • 2015 Diploma for Cinematic Realization of the Holocaust Memory in XXI century from Russian Documentary Film Festival in New York
  • 2015 Special Jury Award for Peace & Human Rights in memory of Italian journalist and piece activist Alexander Langer from the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy