Red Shirley

Categories: Documentary, Shorts, Festivals
27min | 2010
Red Shirley, a 99-year-old woman formally known as Shulamit Rabinowitz, is the star of this short film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World War, and fled Poland for Canada during the Second. At nineteen, she immigrated illegally to the U.S., where she spent 47 years toiling at a New York textile factory. She tracked down her long-lost sisters in Palestine, engaged in union struggles and took part in the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. Enhanced by its dark soundtrack, courtesy of Mr. Reed (naturally), and judicious use of freeze frames, this intimate cousin-to-cousin encounter is a fascinating distillation of an individual's unique experience over a vast expanse of 20th-century history.

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Topics: Fascinating People, Family History, Interview, Female Empowerment, Rock Band, Sundance Film Festival
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Sobelius
Sobelius
December 24, 2013
A+
curiosofilms
curiosofilms
November 29, 2013
A
Tamara PM
Tamara PM
November 25, 2013
B+
Gil Bateman
Gil Bateman
November 24, 2013
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debra sparks
debra sparks
November 18, 2013
A+
She's a living history book.
McKenzie Schwarze
McKenzie Schwarze
November 17, 2013
B
rahul kumar
rahul kumar
November 16, 2013
A
Judith Ray
Judith Ray
November 15, 2013
B+
Erick Grau
Erick Grau
November 14, 2013
A