Fragments of Paradise (2022)

Directed by KD Davison


12 a.m. Eastern / 9 p.m. Pacific

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In this screening

Image from Fragments of Paradise
Jonas Mekas with his first Sony video camera in 1987, as seen in Fragments of Paradise, directed by KD Davison. Courtesy of the Jonas Mekas estate.

For over 70 years, Jonas Mekas, internationally known as the “godfather” of avant-garde cinema, documented his life in what came to be known as his diary films. From his arrival in New York City as a displaced person in 1949 to his death in 2019, he chronicled the trauma and loss of exile while pioneering institutions to support the growth of independent film in the United States. Fragments of Paradise is an intimate look at his life and work constructed from thousands of hours of his own video and film diaries—including never-before-seen tapes and unpublished audio recordings. It is a story about finding beauty amidst profound loss, and a man who tried to make sense of it all… with a camera.

KD Davison

Photo of KD Davison
Photo by Mindy Tucker
KD Davison is an award-winning director. Her third documentary feature, Fragments of Paradise, about the life and work of avant-garde icon Jonas Mekas, won a Lion for Best Documentary on Cinema at the 2022 Venice International Film Festival and a Grand Jury Prize at Doc NYC. KD is driven by the belief that storytelling can guide us to a more compassionate view of ourselves and one another. Over the years, she’s produced and directed content for a wide variety of organizations and artists. She’s worked to tell the stories of victims of armed conflict and occupation in Uganda and Palestine, and supported many campaigns, nonprofits, and movements. She recently completed a memoir about the ’08 Recession and is developing two new feature documentaries.

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Fragments of Paradise (2022)

Directed by KD Davison

   at  12 a.m. ET / 9 p.m. PT

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