Picture of His Life

Friday, June 19th, 2020 at 11:00 AM

We are delighted to tell you that we have partnered with the Virtual Cinema release of the film PICTURE OF HIS LIFE starting June 19th, 2020. The film is suitable for the whole family, featuring spectacular underwater photography of marine life and filmed in the Canadian Arctic.
For $9.99 per household (valid for 3 days) you can all watch the film at home through a special link we will send you, available anytime, no set date. Virtual Cinema releases will bring you exciting films and will help support the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival in these troubling times.

Executive Produced by Nancy Spielberg

Opens online Friday, June 19, 2020  

PICTURE OF HIS LIFE tells the personal story behind Nachoum’s long-standing obsession with the polar bear. It follows Nachoum’s quest to become the first still photographer to photograph the world’s largest land carnivore, while swimming with one in open water. As he prepares for his biggest and most dangerous mission in the Canadian Arctic, Nachoum faces past traumas in an intimate story of dedication, sacrifice, and personal redemption. His personal journey begins in Israel and involves the lasting emotional impact of military combat.

Amos Nachoum’s photos and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications around the world, including National Geographic, Time, Life, The New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Terra Sauvage, Der Spiegel, and many more. His work has been included in the books “The Living Ocean, “The World of Nature”, and “Oceans”. His photography has won Nikon, Communication Arts, and BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. Amos was honored with the International SeaKeeper of the Year 2019, an award that has previously been given to James Cameron, Prince Albert, Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Jean-Michel Cousteau, among others.

Documentary producer and director Yonatan Nir started out as a photojournalist whose work earned him the Asian Geographic Best of the Decade Award. His debut documentary film, the award-winning “Dolphin Boy” (co-directed with Dani Menkin), was co-produced with ARTE and Channel 4, broadcast in over thirty countries, and shown at more than 130 film festivals. His other films include “My Hero Brother” and “The Essential Link – The Story of Wilfrid Israel”.

Director and producer Dani Menkin’s “39 Pounds of Love” won Israel’s Academy Award (Ophir) for Best Documentary and was sold to HBO. His other award-winning films include “Dolphin Boy” (co-directed with Yonatan Nir), which was sold to over 20 countries, “Is That You”, “On the Map, and its sequel “Aulcie”, currently showing at festivals worldwide.


  • Please note that as a registered non-profit society, anyone over 18 years of age attending one of our screenings is required to be a member of our society for us to retain our non-profit status.
  • Please present your VJFC membership at every screening.

Festivals and Awards

  • Winner - Best Documentary Award, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2019
  • Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature - Boston Jewish Film Festival 2019
  • Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary, Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema 2019
  • Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary - Israel Film Festival Los Angeles 2019
  • Winner - Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, Syracuse International Film Festival 2019
  • Winner – Audience Award, Best Documentary, Gold Coast International Film Festival
  • Opening Night Selection: DocAviv 2019
  • Official Selection: Film at Lincoln Center’s New York Jewish Film Festival 2020

Event Details

Film Info

Year 2019
Country Israel, USA, Canada
Director Yonatan Nir, Dani Menkin
Runtime 72 min
Language English, Hebrew, Inuktitut w/English subtitles