This delightfully entertaining documentary takes us behind the scenes in the fascinating world of The New York Times obituary section, where a handful of dedicated writers craft stories celebrating remarkable lives with in-depth historical research and rigorous fact checking, all on a tight deadline, each life’s story spun amid the daily beat of war, politics and football scores. The Times team approaches their work with journalistic rigor and narrative flair, giving uncommon insights into the passage of generations, the astonishing cycle of life, the ebb and flow of time, and culture as it appears to accelerate and vanish at the same time. Their stories hold a mirror to life’s great variety, humor and pathos. Obit., the first documentary to explore the world of these remarkable writers and their subjects, goes beyond the byline and into the minds of those chronicling life after death, and invites some of the most essential questions we ask ourselves about life, memory and the inevitable passage of time. What do we choose to remember? What never dies? Directed by Vanessa Gould (Between the Folds).
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