WHEN PEOPLE DIE THEY SING SONGS

director: 
Olga Lvoff
country: 
Russia-USA
year: 
2014
category: 
doc
legth: 
47'
section: 
Special Jury in memory of Massimo Prevedello
festival edition: 
2015
The melodies of the past waft through 93-year-old Regina’s memories. She is a Holocaust survivor and the mother of Sonia. Together they look back, revitalizing their relationship and emboldening them to also look ahead. Accompanied by a music therapist, Regina sings Yiddish and French songs of her youth with her daughter Sonia at every session. The past they were so eager to forget, they are now anxious to remember. And while Regina’s memory is rapidly succumbing to dementia, the mother-daughter bond of melody and memory remains strong.