Abraham, my mother's father, has been part of my life since infancy.
I rediscovered my grandfather three years ago when making a film
about my mother. He was 90. Since then I want to be close to him,
part of him. I see my grandfather as a universal human character,
"aged and old" to use his words, far removed from all
definitions of time and place, while at the same time well grounded
in the reality of present day life, living it and feeling its
His face is
like an engraved stone, with an eternal smile that never falters
or is never eroded by the negativities of life in this world.
My grandfather is big on blessings. He's always making some kind
of blessing, even for those for whom he feels no love. Everyone
is holy, even if we cannot see it, even if they themselves are
is a man of words, and that's why he speaks very little. He knows
and understands the value of words, be they written and signed
or spoken, which may detract from their power. But when my grandfather
says something, it really resonates. His words come from entirely
different places, that are unknown, so content with themselves,
precise and accurate, that it is hard to believe that human lips
have uttered them.
For over three
years now, I have been following my grandfather Abraham. I have
been documenting my journey and our common journey out into the
world in writing, photography, and most importantly, thirstily
gulping it down into my soul.
The film is
a journal in which I see my grandfather, my grandfather's journal,
through which I let his voice be heard.
has almost never been heard. His story has almost never been told.