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Alumni and Faculty Produce Documentary to Air on TVO

April 11, 2013

Over 100 alumni and guests were treated to an advance screening of Beautifully Broken: The Life & Work of Rafael Goldchain (Faculty, BAA Photography) before its world broadcast premiere on TVO on May 15. The documentary was written and directed by Vladimir Kabelik (Faculty, Media Arts) and produced by Marc Cohen (Advanced Television and Film, 2001). Many other alumni industry professionals played important roles in this project, including Michael Burshtyn (Advanced Television and Film, 2004), Stephen Barden (Media Arts, 1995) Niall Collins (Media Arts, 2009), Aleksandra Lason (Media Arts, 2011) and Haya Waseem (Media Arts, 2012). More than a dozen other graduates also worked on the documentary.

Beautifully Broken is about the life and work of Rafael Goldchain, a renowned Canadian photographer whose work has been exhibited in New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Canadian Museum for Contemporary Photography, and around the world.  As Coordinator of Sheridan’s the Bachelor of Applied Arts - Photography program, he is influencing the future generation of leading Canadian photographers.  

The film documents the intimate connection between Rafael’s life tribulations and his body of work. His fascination with identity and mortality stems from his Jewish heritage and ancestors who died in the Holocaust. The film is more than a story about a photographer and his work, says Production Coordinator for the documentary, Aleksandra Lason. “The complicated father-son relationship is central to the film and one of its most compelling themes,” says the 2011 Media Arts graduate who travelled to Poland with Rafael and Vladimir to coordinate the filming.

Following the screening of Beautifully Broken, Rafael and the crew of the documentary fielded questions from the audience, touching on the need to honour traditions while embracing the changes of our fast-paced world.