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Number Our Days (VHS) Email This Page
Filmmaker: Lynne Littman
VHS - $ 150.00
Price listed includes Public Performance License.
Number Our Days is a sensitive and compassionate portrait of a community of elderly Eastern European Jews living in Venice, California. Based on the anthropological fieldwork of Dr. Barbara Myerhoff, the film portrays a group of disadvantaged but resilient individuals sustaining their vivid cultural heritage amid poverty and loneliness in modern America. Showing both good times and bad, celebrations and everyday realities, this moving documentary highlights the community’s supportive character, while illuminating the lives of these “indomitable survivors” with gentleness and honesty.

This film is widely acclaimed by critics, anthropologists, and religious leaders for its truth and moving humanity.

Running time: 29 min, Year released: 1983
Close captioned?: N, Color?: Y
Avail. formats: 16mm,VHS
ISBN: 1-55974-212-7
Language: English, Subtitled?: N
For classroom?: Y, Study Guide?: N
Grade level: 7th and up


"A moving portrait of loneliness, pride, humor, bitterness, and dignity."
--John O`ConnerNew York Times

"In its brief time, Number Our Days reaches the heart of life which few films do of any length."
--Charles Champlin, The Los Angeles Times

Other Credits:

Produced and Directedy by Lynne Littman for KCET Community Television in Los Angeles
Based on the Field work of Barbara Myerhoff
Academy Award, Best Documentary Short
This title can also be found in: Academy Award Winners, Aging, California, Cultural Studies, Gerontology, Immigrant Experience, Jewish Culture & History, Judaism, Religion, Senior Citizens, U.S.A.

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