When People Die They Sing Songs

When People Die They Sing Songs

Category: Competition, Documentary Feature.

Age limitations : 12+

Olga Lvoff

When People Die They Sing Songs(2014)

Country: Russia, USA

Duration: 48 min.

Director: Olga Lvoff

Genre: Drama, Family, Music

Writer: Olga Lvoff, Vasiliy Lvoff

Producer: Olga Lvoff

Operator: Olga Lvoff

Editor: Olga Lvoff

Category: Competition, Documentary Feature

Age limitations : 12+


“When People Die They Sing Songs” is a story of mother and daughter who resolve to uncover their wartime past buried half a century ago. After suffering a stroke, 93-year-old Holocaust survivor Regina is getting music therapy. Accompanied by a music therapist, Regina sings Yiddish and French songs of her youth. Her daughter Sonia is with her at every session. This revitalizes their mother-daughter relationship and emboldens them to revisit their past. With Regina’s help, Sonia tries to capture their family story. The past they were so eager to forget they are now anxious to remember. Yet Regina’s memory is rapidly succumbing to dementia.

Rewards and nominations

  • Nomination for Student Oscar 
  • Award "CINE 2014" Golden Eagle
  • Winning the competition of the International Independent Films - BRONZE
  • Social Documentary Award (School of Visual Arts)