Fragments of Paradise
For over 70 years, Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas documented his life in his diary films. From his arrival in New York in 1949 as a displaced person, to his death in 2019, he chronicled the haunting trauma and loss of exile that stayed with him. He also pioneered institutions to support independent film and aspiring independent artists, many of whom were drawn to his indefatigable spirit. Fragments of Paradise is an intimate construction from thousands of hours of his own video and film diaries—including never-before-seen tapes and unpublished audio recordings. It’s the story of finding beauty amidst profound loss, and a man trying to make sense of it all with a camera.