The Death & Life of All of Us

Author(s): Victor Esses

At 19, whilst studying film, Victor found his long-lost great aunt Marcelle in Rome. She had moved from Lebanon to Italy and converted from Judaism to Christianity, changed her name and kept a secret for a lifetime. Inspired by her strength and her rebellion he started to make a documentary about her life. Twenty years later, he still hasn’t finished it…

Having grappled with her story for so long, with the benefit of hindsight and his own maturity, he now feels ready to do that story justice. The Death & Life of All of Us uses the interviews he recorded with Marcelle alongside art projections, text, live music and movement. It is a multimedia piece looking into intergenerational shame, family secrets, history and what’s left when we’re gone.

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