Love & Stuff followed by Absolutely No Spitting

  • New York Jewish Film Festival
  • Judith Helfand
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Shortly after her mother’s passing, documentarian Judith Helfand adopted a baby girl, becoming an “old new” mother at the age of 50. To make room for the baby’s things, she had to sort through the mountains of “stuff” that her mother left behind in her New York apartment after a long life. In this personal documentary, Helfand is joined by her siblings as she examines, chooses, and discards objects from a multitude of heirlooms, photographs, and personal possessions, while speaking honestly and with humor of her memories, regrets, and love for her parents. Her poignant and beautiful film inspires conversations about family devotion and probes the connections between love and the objects we accumulate and pass on.

Director

Judith Helfand

Program Features

1h 19m
Love & Stuff

Judith Helfand, 2020, USA

Shortly after her mother’s passing, documentarian Judith Helfand adopted a baby girl, becoming an “old new” mother at the age of 50. To make room for the baby’s things, she had to sort through the mountains of “stuff” that her mother left behind in her New York apartment after a long life. In this personal documentary, Helfand is joined by her siblings as she examines, chooses, and discards objects from a multitude of heirlooms, photographs, and personal possessions, while speaking honestly and with humor of her memories, regrets, and love for her parents. Her poignant and beautiful film inspires conversations about family devotion and probes the connections between love and the objects we accumulate and pass on.

11m
Absolutely No Spitting

Judith Helfand, 2019, USA

The documentarian Judith Helfand adopted a daughter at the age of 50, becoming, in her own words, a “new old” mom. In this touching and vibrant short documentary, Helfand asks Theo, her bright four-year-old daughter, to spit––just this once!––into a saliva collection tube for the DNA tracing company, 23andMe. According to the test results, Helfand is 99.9% Ashkenazi Jewish. Her daughter is from a “rainbow” of countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. The two of them embark on a quest to explore their shared and divergent heritage while Helfand reflects on love, community, family, religion, and race.

Bonus Content

1m
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