What on the surface appears to be a simple story is sometimes far more dynamic.

In Life in Stills, a photo shop owner and her grandson try to save their shop and the countless negatives stored there that document Israel’s defining moments.

Miriam, 96, never imagined that she’d be facing a new chapter in her life. But when “The Photo House” – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – is destined for demolition, she knew she needed help. Under a cloud of family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives, that document Israel’s most defining moments.

Despite the generation gap and accompanying conflicts, the two embark on a heart-wrenching quest that requires love, courage, and compassion. Life in Stills, winner of numerous awards, is an exquisite visual journey and a unique chronicle of one Israeli family whose resilience parallels the resilience of the country itself.

  • Winner Best Israeli Film: Doc Aviv
  • Winner Best Documentary: Vancouver International Women in Film Festival
  • Winner Best Documentary: Awards of the Israeli Film Academy
  • Winner Main Prize Documentary Films: Miskolc International Film Festival
  • Winner Audience Award: Krakow Film Festival
  • Winner Magnolia Award/Best Documentary: Shanghai International TV Festival
  • Winner Talent Dove Award: Leipzig DOK Festival

2011 / 57 minutes / Hebrew w/ English Subtitles / A film by Tamar Tal (Touching the Sky)


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