Filmed over the course of five years, "First Cousin Once Removed" is Alan Berliner’s compassionate, yet unsettling portrait of Edwin Honig -- distinguished poet, translator, critic, and teacher who died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. It is an unflinching essay on the fragility of being human, and a stark reminder of the profound role that memory plays in all of our lives. Grand Prize Winner at 2012 IDFA (International Film Festival Amsterdam).
First Cousin Once Removed
Director: Alan Berliner
Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
Producer: Alan Berliner, Shari Spiegel, Lisa Heller
Cinematographer: Ian Vollmer
Editor: Alan Berliner
Music: Miranda Hentoff
Additional Credits: Story Consultant: Susi Korda, Creative Associate: Mónica Savirón
The New York Times has described Berliner's work as "powerful, compelling and bittersweet... full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic technique, unpredictable in their structures... Alan Berliner illustrates the power of fine art to transform life."
Distributor: HBO Documentary Films
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