United States 2021, 79 min, English, Hebrew & English subtitles

The beginning was idyllic: two young and good-looking college students with a shared passion for music met in choir, fell in love, and started a family. But that was then, and this is now. The change did not happen in a day, and director Nira Burstein shows the painful downward spiral with incredible warmth and compassion. The couple are her parents, and her childhood home is now crumbling inside and out. No stain or scratch in the New York house escapes Burstein’s gaze, and the same is true for her family’s life: the mental health struggles of her mother and sister, her father’s crushed dreams, and the neglect that surrounds them all. With her other sister’s polyamorous wedding coming up, the family tries to regain the intimacy, love, hope, and laughter that radiate so brightly from the home videos they had filmed over the years.

Previous Festivals: Sheffield, DOC NYC, Doclisboa

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Screening Schedule:
  • Sat 28.05 | 10:15 | Cinematheque 4
  • Mon 30.05 | 10:15 | Cinematheque 4
  • Wed 01.06 | 13:00 | Cinematheque 4
  • Watch Online | The film will be available From May 26th until June 5th

Nira Burstein is an award-winning filmmaker based in New York City. She is one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 2021 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Her documentary film debut Charm Circle had its World Premiere at Sheffield DocFest where it won the Audience Award and First Feature Award Special Mention.

Production: Nira Burstein, Betsy Laikin
Production Company: Vacany Arts, Gigantic Pictures
Editing: Michael Levine, Nira Burstein
Cinematography: Nira Burstein
Sound Design: Tristan Baylis
Music: Uri Burstein

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