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Fragments of Paradise

Venice Classics
KD Davison
Kunhardt Films (KD Davison, Elyse Frenchman, Leanne Cherundolo, Matthew O. Henderson George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Peter Kunhardt, Sebastian Mekas, Oona Mekas)
Running Time:
English, Lithuanian
Main Cast:
Amy Taubin, Peter Bogdanovich, John Waters, Martin Scorsese, Ken and Flo Jacobs, MM Serra, Jim Jarmusch, Penny Arcade, Lee Ranaldo, Phong Bui, Edita Mekaitė-Rubinienė, Ina Mekaitė-Guogienė, Greg Smulewicz Zucker, Lolita Jablonskienė, Vytautas Landsbergis, Hollis Melton, Oona Mekas, Sebastian Mekas, John Mhiripiri, Marina Abramovic
Bill Kirstein
Michael Levine
Osei Essed, Saul Simon MacWilliams
Visual Effects:
Chris Tucci


For over 70 years, Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas documented his life in what came to be known as his diary films. From his arrival in New York as a displaced person in 1949 to his death in 2019, he chronicled the trauma and loss of exile while pioneering institutions to support the growth of independent film in the United States. Internationally known as the “godfather” of avant-garde cinema, he inspired countless independent artists, from Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Andy Warhol and John Waters, to Yoko Ono, John Lennon and Jim Jarmusch—all drawn to his indefatigable spirit and belief in the transformative power of cinema. But internally, he struggled. The traumas of his early life and exile stayed with him. Fragments of Paradise is an intimate look at his life and work constructed from thousands of hours of his own video and film diaries—including never-before- seen tapes and unpublished audio recordings. It is a story about finding beauty amidst profound loss, and a man who tried to make sense of it all... with a camera.

Director’s Statement

I spent the pandemic in Jonas’ sprawling archive, a marathon viewing over the course of a year. I have often wondered if this is how he would have preferred his work be seen. Immersive and in its totality. Fragments of Paradise is then itself a fragment... a window onto “some of the beauty” Jonas never failed to find. In our present moment, defined as it is by crisis, the themes at the heart of Jonas’ work, themes like exile, loss, and yes, the relentless pursuit of beauty, take on a universal quality. There is something to be gleaned from his almost religious insistence on the importance of momentary, fragile things—finding joy in mundane experience—as the key to a happy life.


PRODUCTION: George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Peter Kunhardt, KD Davison, Elyse Frenchman, Leanne Cherundolo, Matthew Henderson, Oona Mekas, Sebastian Mekas – Kunhardt Films
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WORLD SALES: Jason Ishikawa – Cinetic Media
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