I AM JUDIT, 83min., USA
Directed by Christiane Arbesu
From award-winning documentary filmmaker Christiane Arbesu comes I AM JUDIT; a poignant depiction of Holocaust survivor Judy Sleed and her present day family. A fixture in the East Hampton community, Judy, at the age of 90, is finally lifting the veil of secrecy surrounding her harrowing childhood -- a painful truth she never discussed with her children. The longtime, local talk show host who loves to hear other people's stories is sharing hers with unprecedented candor. Skillfully juxtaposing the past with the present, I AM JUDIT is a captivating portrait of Judy Sleed's emergence as a magnificent light.
Get to know the filmmaker:
1. What motivated you to make this film? -- There are so few survivors left and the incidence of hate against "Jews" is at an all time high since WWII. People need to know the Holocaust happened.
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film? -- It took me 6 months to complete.
3. How would you describe your film in two words!? -- Super important.
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film? -- Not having enough of a budget.
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video? -- Joyful. They understand the necessity to get Judit's story out into the world.
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films? -- Since I was a little girl. A long, long time ago!
7. What film have you seen the most in your life? -- The Sound of Music.
8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career? -- I think bringing people together and getting their films out there is exactly what you're doing and I'm most grateful to you for that!
9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site? -- Excellent. It's easy to use.
10. What is your favorite meal? -- Grilled palomilla steak with french fries, black beans and onion. I am Cuban.
11. What is next for you? A new film? -- I'm thinking of a documentary about a Mexican immigrant who came to NY with $1 in his pocket 25 years ago. He's living the American Dream! I also want to tell my story.