A Part of the Who We Are Film Series
February 13, 2019
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LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM
Sam Berns was just two years old when his parents, both physicians, were told he had a rare rapidaging disorder with no cure: progeria. By the time he celebrated his bar mitzvah, he had reached the average age of death for children with this disease. While his parents engaged in the relentless pursuit f a treatment, Sam accepted his condition with umor and grace.
Meet Sam in this extraordinary film, filled with his boyish enthusiasm for math and comic books — and his rejection of pity. After the screening, meet his parents, Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns, who will talk about their son and their continuing work toward a cure for progeria and other debilitating diseases of aging with Sheila Nevins.
A Part of the Who We Are: Four Films. One People Film Series.
A DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES CURATED BY SHEILA NEVINS
A filmmaker searches for the soul of her famous father. A gay playwright erupts in fury at government indifference to an epidemic. Two doctors agonize over their son’s fatal disease. A 10-year-old asks his great-grandfather an innocent question. Ordinary people facing the extraordinary are the heart of exceptional documentaries, and The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center is proud to present four such films, followed by conversations with their subjects. Designed by Sheila Nevins, former president of HBO Documentary Films, the series includes:
LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM | Wednesday, February 13
Sam Berns was just two years old when his parents, both physicians, were told he had a rare rapid-aging disorder with no cure: Progeria. By the time he celebrated his bar mitzvah, he had reached the average age of death for children with this disease. While his parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, engaged in a relentless pursuit of a treatment, Sam accepted his condition with humor and grace. After the film, Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns will talk about their son and their continuing work toward a cure for Progeria and other debilitating diseases of aging with Sheila Nevins.
THE NUMBER ON GREAT-GRANDPA’S ARM | Wednesday, March 13
Elliott Saiontz adored his 90-year-old great-grandfather Jack, especially Jack’s stories about soccer games and collecting hats during his childhood in Poland. But when the 10-year-old asked about the tattoo on his arm, Jack had to find a way to tell Elliott about the other side of his life: the ghetto, the loss of his family and surviving Auschwitz. After the film, Elliott and Stacy Saiontz, Amy Schatz (producer) and Jeff Scher (animator) will join in conversation with Sheila Nevins.