#HotDocs23 @hotdocs: Nathan-ism – Inspiring!

A brief synopsis,

                At the end of World War II, Nathan Hilu, the son of Syrian Jewish immigrants to  New York, received a life-changing assignment from the U.S. Army: to guard the  top Nazi war criminals at the Nuremberg trials. This experience fueled a lifetime of artistic inspiration for Nathan, a virtually unknown “outsider artist”, who spent the next 70 years obsessively creating a visual narrative from his memories. But what happens when those memories take on a life of their own? 

“Nathan-ism” explores Nathan’s relationship with his own stories, and the compulsion he has to share them with a world that doesn’t always listen.”

Review: A precious snapshot into the mind of a man who provides a living testament of a meaningful moments in human history as seen through his bespoke art work. Nathan proudly shows the filmmaker and the audience photographs from his personal albums which would give Time Magazine a run for their money. Eloquent illustrations embedded with rich stories are recanted with exuberance and excitement in this film. Nathan’s work is not about what the market will glean in profit; rather his work is much more existential. His art will transform you to a place and time that is harrowing with room left for reflection in the present about what was lost in the past. Inspiring!

Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 5/5


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