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K.D. Davison

Fragments of Paradise

Edition 2023
98' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: English
Director: K.D. Davison Composer: Osei Essed, Saul Simon MacWilliams With: Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Jarmusch, Benn Northover
The legendary film poet Jonas Mekas resided on this earth for nearly a century. Four years after his death, Fragments of Paradise paints the portrait of an inspiring and sometimes difficult life journey.
"Here I am. Me." Zooming in on his face, the usually smiling Jonas Mekas captures his own tears. With Fragments of Paradise, K.D. Davison situates Mekas as a key figure in the development of experimental, independent cinema in the United States. But the more or less chronological and highly informative tribute, divided in Mekas' style with intertitles, records both highs and lows. Because even there lies paradise-like beauty. Family members, contemporaries, and other familiar faces (Amy Taubin, Jim Jarmush, Peter Bogdanovich, ...) share heartfelt memories of the cinematic poet from their cinema seats. The documentary traces the less smooth life journey of the Lithuanian filmmaker and connects his well-known film diaries with achievements such as the founding of The Film-Makers' Cooperative and the Anthology Film Archives with his family life - accomplishments that were not always reconcilable.
"Fragments of Paradise is an intimate look at his life and work constructed from thousands of hours of his own film diaries — including never-before-seen recordings. It is a story about finding beauty amidst profound loss, and a man who tried to make sense of it all ... with a camera." - Biennale di Venezia

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K.D. Davison


Osei Essed, Saul Simon MacWilliams


Peter Bogdanovich, Jim Jarmusch, Benn Northover

Director of Photography

Bill Kirstein


Michael Levine


Leanne Cherundolo, Elyse Frenchman, Matthew O. Henderson, K.D. Davison

Production studios

Kunhardt Films

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Countries of production

United States of America




K.D. Davison
Fragments of Paradise (2022)

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