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Chaya חַיָה

A nor'easter over Central Park becomes the setting of an unsettling scene.

  • Mariano Wainsztein
  • Mariano Wainsztein
  • Mariano Wainsztein
  • Mariano Wainsztein
    Key Cast
  • Mariano Wainsztein
    Music and Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Mariano Wainsztein
    Punda del Este
    August 5, 2022
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    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mariano Wainsztein

Mariano Wainsztein is a New York-based filmmaker, musician, and professor at Hunter College, City University of New York.

His documentary The Animal in You, a midlife biography of renown countertenor Andreas Scholl, won an award from the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

He edited and co-directed Video Reports from Oaxaca, with acclaimed filmmaker Tami Gold. The two-part award-winning documentary tells the story of a popular uprising and the creation of a popular indigenous movement in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Mariano Wainsztein is also the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Archive award.

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Director Statement

"Chaya", Hebrew for "Alive" and for "Animal", as well as a common female name, is an autobiographical and hyperbolic introspection inspired by the one-hundred days of pandemic lockdown in NYC. The non-collaborative production is a one-man show and a method to cope with and reflect on isolation, abandonment, and calamity.