Fragments of Paradise

KD Davison, USA 2022, 98’
Polish premiere
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Jonas Mekas, a man with a camera, recorded everyday life, and then compiled the footage into his films. He was an artist among directors who always went against the grain and whose works were characterized by poetic intimacy. This documentary is a tribute to a fascinating man and avant-garde legend.

“Fragments of Paradise” is a more than skin-deep overview of the late Mekas’ life, one that feels like a final message from him directly. It’s a tribute to art’s power to connect, even with those who are gone.

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Warning for people with epilepsy. The film contains strobe lights.

Piotr Mirski


Venice IFF 2022 – Best Documentary on Cinema

KD Davison

KD Davison was born in Texas. At the age of 18, she moved to New York, where she began studying political science. At that time, she decided to make films and met Jonas Mekas. In addition to Fragments of Paradise, she made two documentary films entitled Ordinary People and The Soul of America. She currently lives in Los Angeles.


2016 Ordinary People (doc., co-dir.)

2020 Amerykańska dusza / The Soul of America (doc.)

2022 Urywki raju / Fragments of Paradise (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director KD Davison
screenplay K.D. Davison
cinematography Bill Kirstein, archival footage
editing Michael Levine
music Osei Essed, Saul Simon MacWilliams
cast Amy Taubin, Peter Bogdanovich, John Waters, Martin Scorsese, Ken and Flo Jacobs, MM Serra, Jim Jarmusch
producer George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Peter Kunhardt, K.D. Davison, Elyse Frenchman, Leanne Cherundolo, Matthew Henderson, Oona Mekas, Sebastian Mekas
production Kunhardt Films
sales Kunhardt Films
language English, Lithuanian
coloration colour & b&w
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