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Irene Angelico

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B: Dec 9, 1946 in Munich, Germany

Irene Angelico is an acclaimed film director, producer and writer. Born in Germany after the war, her parents were concentration camp survivors who miraculously found each other and emigrated to the United States. She grew up in New York and Chicago, became a civil rights activist who demonstrated in Washington DC in support of the Selma March, and moved to Canada in 1969. Her father wrote an extraordinary book about his and his wife’s Holocaust experiences titled The Aftermath. Angelico is the recipient of numerous international awards for directing and producing, as well as a Gemini for best writing in a documentary. Her work was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of all Times at the NFB’s international Salute to the Documentary, and selected to represent the best of the NFB’s Studio D at retrospectives in London and France. She was the first woman from Québec selected for Women in the Director’s Chair in Banff and is the founding chair of CIFC-Montreal (now DOC Québec). As of late 2021, her production company, DLI Productions, had completed work on First to Stand, a POV feature documentary against the erosion of human rights that focuses on the work of Irwin Cotler, founder and chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer. The film follows Cotler and his team of young activists as they battle the world’s most repressive regimes to liberate political prisoners. Unless otherwise credited, we list Irene Angelico’s documentary credits as a Producer first.

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Note: Northernstars Québec Correspondent Maurie Alioff was co-writer on the documentary Reaching for Zion.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Dark Lullabies (1985)
The Burning Times (Associate Producer, 1990)
Between the Solitudes (1992)
The Love Prophet and the Children of God (1998)
The Cola Conquest (Co-producer,1998)

The Journey Home: a Romanian Adoption (2000)
She Got Game (2003)
Unbreakable MInds (2004)
Vendetta Song (2005)
Canadaville, USA (TV-2006)
Inside the Great Magazines (TV-2007)

Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women (2013)
Beyond Earth: The Beginning of NewSpace (2016)
Shekinah Rising (2018)

Shared Legacies (Creative Consulting Producer, 2020)
Reaching for Zion (2021)
First to Stand (2021)

Credits as a Director:
…and They Lived Happily Ever After (1975, short)
Meditation in Motion (1978, short)

Dark Lullabies (1985)

The Cola Conquest (1998)

Mockstars (TV-2002)
Black Coffee (TV-2007)
Inside the Great Magazines (Co-director, 2007)

Reaching for Zion (2021)

Credits as a Screenwriter:
Meditation in Motion (1978, short)

Dark Lullabies (1985)

Between the Solitudes (1992)
The Cola Conquest (1998)

The Journey Home: a Romanian Adoption (2000)
Unbreakable Minds (2004)
Vendetta Song (2005)
Black Coffee (TV-2007)
Inside the Great Magazines (TV-2007)

Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women (2013)
Big Wind (TV-2015)
Beyond Earth: The Beginning of NewSpace (2016)
Shekinah Rising (2018)

Reaching for Zion (2021)
First to Stand (2021)

Reaching for Zion, movie, poster,