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Mira Hamermesh

Mira Hamermesh is a film maker, painter and writer. Her humanist documentaries have won international awards and world-wide distribution. Her most celebrated films explore themes related to war and conflicts: Maids and Madams (South Africa), Caste at Birth (India) and Loving the Dead (Poland). Having settled in London where she studied art and married, she eventually won a place at the celebrated Polish Film School in Lodz. At the height of the Cold War Mira Hamermesh commuted across the Iron Curtain – her experience of a divided Europe offers many insights into the political factors that affected people's everyday lives. Mira's theme of political conflict, so often explored in her films, is brought to life here in an intimate account that will live long in the memory.