Picture of His Life (2019)

  • 1h 15m
  • Dani Menkin
  • Yonatan Nir
  • United States, Israel
  • 2019

Tue 16 Jun, 11am
Sun 21 Jun, 7pm
Wed 24 Jun, 1pm - followed by Q+A on the DOC EDGE Facebook page


“If your picture is not good enough, it’s because you’re not close enough.”
— Amos Nachoum

Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum has developed a unique approach: to go face to face with his subjects without any protection. 

Over his decades-long career, Amos has swum with and photographed anacondas, giant leopard seals, great white sharks, orcas and crocodiles. Now, at the age of 65, he has decided to take on the one challenge that’s so far evaded him: to swim with a polar bear.

Amos has tried before, and barely escaped with his life. Into an environment being rapidly erased by a changing climate, the danger is real — perhaps more real than ever — but this will be Amos’ last chance to get The Picture of His Life.

“Very exciting and suspenseful,
and is best left for the audience
to experience without any prior knowledge.”

— Vladan Petković, Cineuropa

Director Yonatan Nir, who won Best International Director at Doc Edge 2017 for his My Hero Brother, first met Amos in 2004 at the Antibes Underwater Film Festival. Their friendship developed over the next 10 years, at which point Amos shared his plan. Yonatan and partner Dani Menkin, with whom Yonatan had made the water-based doco Dolphin Boy in 2011, decided to film Amos’ bear hunt. 

As Amos prepares to escape to the ominous tranquility of the Arctic Ocean, he contemplates what’s driven him to the end of the world. After living through childhood abuse and war, swimming with a ferocious predator in a silent, cerulean realm may be the closest Amos will ever come to achieving real peace.

As Amos dives to try to get the picture of his life, he’s accompanied by Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Adam Ravetch.

Rather than aim a gun, I aimed a camera.
Listen to Picture of His Life’s Amos Nachoum on RNZ

Previous festival selections include:
DocAviv 2019


Dani Menkin


Yonatan Nir


English, Hebrew

Bonus Content

25 mins
Julie Moffet Interviews Yonatan Nir

Julie Moffet Interviews Yonatan Nir

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