“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.
- 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