LIFE IS RICH
Life is Rich Movie Trailer
ABOUT THE FILM
Bonnie Rich is Jewish mom on a mission—to stop her family's generational drift away from Judaism. Bonnie wants to wake up her own Jewish soul while pulling her husband and millennial daughters into the process. Along the way, she looks back at her grandfather's oral history, shops for a synagogue, goes on a 40-day diet of prayer, and drags her daughters to meet with Rabbi Shira Stutman of Sixth and I and Rabbi David Paskin. Plus there are Jewish meals with Bubbe & Zayde that are filled with debate and off-key song. The question is, will Bonnie's efforts bring her and her family closer to the culture and religion treasured by her parents and grandparents?
LIFE IS RICH premiered at the Washington Jewish Film Festival to a sold out crowd who laughed together, cried a little, and were fired up to talk afterward. With their enthusiastic response, the film won an audience award--Honorable Mention for Best Documentary.
“Humorous and poignant, charming, relatable. I am not your target demographic, but you won me over in the first five minutes.”
LIFE IS RICH uses humor to address a timely social issue—how to make tradition and religious ritual personally meaningful. We believe that seeing four generations of one family and their changing relationship with Judaism will touch viewers and stir images of their own families. The film sparks family storytelling and conversations about the challenges of passing down tradition.
We plan to actively engage audiences through a community screening campaign that will reach 2,000 synagogues, JCC’s, religious organizations, and schools. Also in the works is a conversation game and dinner party experience to gather friends and family around the table for engaging conversations.
STATUS & FUNDING
We are currently raising funds for a discussion guide, DVD production, marketing and distribution.
We have fiscal sponsorship through Docs in Progress, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.
“I need to call my mom and get her recipes.”
Overheard in the ladies' room
Bonnie Rich (Director), is an award-winning writer, producer, and director
Alan Rich, Bonnie’s strong and often-silent husband
Rebecca & Leah Rich, Bonnie’s twenty-something daughters
Sandy & Florene Bernstein, Bonnie’s parents aka Bubbe & Zayde
Rabbi Shira Stutman, Senior Rabbi, Sixth and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC
Rabbi David Paskin, founding rabbi of OHEL, and singer/songwriter living in South Florida
Casco Bay Tummlers, based in Maine have been performing klezmer music since 1988. Listen here.
“Bonnie Rich tackles some of our time’s most difficult questions—on culture, religion, and heritage—with humor and fearlessness. She makes me think while I’m laughing at her gentle humor.” Arch Campbell
“I loved the film! It was filled with so much humor and heart—and it asked many questions that I often grapple with as a young adult trying to figure out what my own Judaism means to me, and how I want to pass my traditions and beliefs on as I grow older.” Heather Koslov
“The movie brought out some pretty intense feelings and a big discussion, and I’m so glad my husband came along. Maybe we’ll start our own Jewish Journey.” Janna Bialek
“Every single person in the documentary was a great character. The narration was witty and clever, and I was truly laughing out loud.” Katy Barrett
“The film touched such genuine concerns for families, while infusing great humor, honest reality, and a loving touch.” Marjorie Kramer
“The film was funny, entertaining and realistic. I'm sure I can enjoy it just as much on a repeat show.”