Vanessa Gould • USA • 2017
How to fit a life into 1,000 words? The obituary writers at the New York Times race against the clock to cull details, weaving decades of personal and professional history into a compelling digest of singular existence. Theoretically bleak work is revealed as life-affirming, as an easy camaraderie swells within this legendary team.
A riveting portrait of some of the world's most specialized journalists, Obit. artfully weighs questions of legacy, memory, and existence. Vanessa Gould's second documentary premiered at Tribeca, Hot Docs, Philadelphia and Palm Springs, and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.