Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Film and Media Studies

First Advisor

Michael Gitlin

Second Advisor

Steve Gorelick

Academic Program Adviser

Marty Lucas


Documenting the apparently prosaic activities of nearly two hundred Polish immigrant senior citizens, “Luncheon” is an observational portrait of a place that seems foreign and significantly removed from its New York City surroundings. For this dwindling demographic, daily activities and commemorative performances provide a way to revivify collective memories and maintain individual identities that are still deeply connected to a place far removed in both space and time. “Luncheon” is an exploration of how memory and identity are constructed and maintained, nationality imagined, and communities preserved.



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