Moshe Rynecki’s body of work reached close to eight hundred paintings and sculptures before his life came to a tragic end. It was his great-granddaughter Elizabeth who sought to rediscover his legacy, setting upon a journey to seek out what had been lost but never forgotten…
The everyday lives of the Polish-Jewish community depicted in Moshe Rynecki’s paintings blended into the background of Elizabeth Rynecki’s life when she was growing up. But the art transformed from familiar to extraordinary after her grandfather, Moshe’s son George, left behind journals detailing the loss her ancestors had endured during World War II, including Moshe’s art. Knowing that her family had only found a small portion of Moshe’s art, and that many more pieces remained to be found, Elizabeth set out to find them. This touching documentary is a compelling narrative of the richness of one man’s art, the devastation of war, and one woman’s unexpected path to healing.
2018 / United States
Director: elizabeth rynecki
Producer: Johnny Symons
Editor: Josh Peterson, Tina Nguyen
Cinematographer/s: Slawomir Grunberg