Nina & Irena
Director: Daniel Lombroso
United States, 2022, 20 min
WINNER: Spirit Award
Crew:Producer: Devon Blackwell. Music: Gil Talmi; Editor: David Zucker; Director of Photography: Vittoria Campaner; Sound Design: Gisela Fulla-Silvestre; Color: Stephen Derlugian
On the verge of her 90th birthday, a grandmother reveals to her grandson the painful story of her sister’s disappearance during the Holocaust.
About the director
Daniel Lombroso is a director and journalist. His debut feature film, WHITE NOISE, based on his four years reporting inside the alt-right, premiered in 2020 to critical acclaim. It was named one of the top documentaries of the year by Vox and The Boston Globe. His short, AMERICAN SCAR, received an Honorable Mention for the Grand Jury Prize at DocNYC and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His latest film, LITURGY OF ANTI-TANK OBSTACLES, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and Sundance. Lombroso has discussed his work in Variety, Vox, NPR, and Filmmaker Magazine, and has been awarded five Vimeo Staff Picks. He is a staff filmmaker at The New Yorker, after five years at The Atlantic.
For my debut feature, White Noise, I spent four years embedded in the alt-right as a Jewish American. Now, for the first time, I turn the camera on my own family. My grandmother lost twenty five members of her extended family in the Holocaust, including her sister, Irena. Why didn't she ever talk about it? What made her feel ashamed?