Celebrating Gerda’s Birthday
Today Gerda Lerner would be celebrating her 94th birthday. Two years ago, she agreed to do the documentary, and two years in, we are still working on it, having gone through the processes of life: Gerda’s passing away, her sister’s passing away – and simultaneously learning, understanding and re-shaping the story, as we live our own lives. To say it in Gerda’s words – we are trying to find the balance between theory and practise, the life of the mind and ‘real life’ as we are writing the story.
It is true that making a film can change one’s life…. This seems to happen on this journey with Gerda, the ‘making of’ challenged and changed our lives and continues to do so. As we are preparing to show a short draft version in Toronto, at the Global Berkshire Conference on the History of Women
, we are also in the process or re-writing the script, continuing to shape her life and vision into a visual story that speaks of her and our ‘real life’. Happy Birthday Gerda, your spirit is still very much alive!