Monthly Archives: November 2020
Three Documentaries on Jewish South Beach
Aaron Davidson’s documentary films on Jewish themes have all been created in South Florida, but transcend their local flavor and are at once familiar and nostalgic. With the passage of time his earliest films have become both historical records and time capsules, documenting places that have since closed or become unrecognizable and now live on in film only. A hallmark of Davidson’s work is his periodic updates of his films, often with poignant, ironic, or unexpected results. Films made innocently more than a decade ago in an earlier context take on new and added meaning with contemporary footage. Driven by that experience, the three films being screened for the Miami Book Fair now amazingly span 12 years, and they have all been updated in anticipation of their premiere screening at the Fair.