Of Origins, Part 2: Emma (2018)

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Of Origins is a series of short experimental documentary films about the lives and afterlives of a group of Jewish feminists in Germany in the early and mid-20th century. Each short film is a speculative love letter, spun out of strange incidents in the archives and the filmmaker’s fantasy of finding her radical forebears.

In the second installation, the filmmaker addresses the great-grandmother she’s not quite named after. Using home movies, projections, and newspaper announcements, Emma traces the ways naming practices — being named after land and after ancestors — can make and erase a family geography. 


(For screening requests please write to Irit.Reinheimer[at]gmail.com)
14th XPOSED: International Queer Film Festival, Berlin (2019)
Honorable Mention, Experimental Forum (2019)


Irit Reinheimer

Artistic Producer:
Lindsey Martin

Lindsey Martin

Irit Reinheimer
Nava EtShalom

Irit Reinheimer

Sound Design:
Lynne Trepanier

Additional Editing:
Lindsey Martin
Thomasin Parnes

Script Support:
Rebecca Peters-Golden
Thomasin Parnes

8mm Footage:
Steven Reinheimer z”l
Jack Reinheimer z”l