More than Stories is a film composed of three parts and made over 12 years, that has at its heart the haunted memories of Jewish life embedded in stories passed down to artist Anya Lewin by her father. The film takes place in three different cities that his family inhabited during their wanderings: Cairo, Berlin, and Los Angeles and is shot in studio locations with built sets recreating locations central to each story (a perfume shop, a dental office, a coffee house). The title More than Stories alludes, not only to the ‘realness’ of stories, but also to both the wider realm a story might sit in and the instability of methods of historical retellings and recreations. Lewin begins with the unstable tale and journeys through biographies, novels, films, archives, interviews, and into the imaginary to create her film.
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Dr Anya Lewin is an American artist, educator and researcher based at the University of Plymouth. Prior to working in academia she had jobs in diverse fields ranging from shepherding (she never lost a sheep) to robotics (sorting robot parts in a basement) to art and community education.
Her projects often reflect her own personal history, which includes stories of immigration, translations from multiple languages, and fictional connections to real events. www.imadeitup.info
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