Chairwoman, DLI Productions
Irene Angelico is an acclaimed film director, producer and writer. She is the recepient of numerous international awards for directing and producing, as well as a Gemini for best writng in a doumentary. 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 Quebec selected for Women in the Director’s Chair in Banff and is the founding chair of CIFC-Montreal (now DOC Quebec). She is presently chair of Magnus Opus, a monthly program presenting the world’s best documentaries.
In 1980, Angelico and her husband and partner Abbey Neidik formed DLI Productions. Together they produced and directed Dark Lullabies about the effects of the Holocaust on the next generation of Germans and Jews. This highly regarded film continues to be shown worldwide and has garnered many prestigious international prizes and will be featured at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival this summer.
Angelico went on to direct and write other international-award-winning films including The Cola Conquest, about Coca-Cola as a metaphor for America; Black Coffee, about the history and social impact of coffee and Inside the Great Magazines, about the first international media.
Angelico also produced and wrote many successful documentaries including Entre Solitudes; The Love Prophet and the Children of God; She Got Game; Vendetta Song; Canadaville, USA; and Unbreakable Minds, a poignant film that aims to humanize mental illness.
Currently, Angelico is in distribution with Shekinah: the Intimate Lives of Hasidic Women, co-producing SpaceRace 2 about the next great turning point in human history. She is also in development with Reaching for Zion, the untold story of Rastas and Jews and Mirror Mirror, a visual poem about reflections.
Along with her work in film, Angelico has been involved in the publication of two books. With Abbey Neidik and Mark Pendegrast, she edited The Aftermath: A Survivor’s Odyssey Through War-Torn Europe, the manuscript written by her father, which was the inspiration for Dark Lullabies. The Aftermath was endorsed by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Elie Wiesel and the Dalai Lama.
This year, Angelico and Yehudi Lindeman launched The Third Seder: A Haggadah for Yom HaShoah. Twenty-five years in the making, The Third Seder includes new rituals they created uniquely for the commemoration of Yom HaShoah.