Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

Sitting Shiva

Others Germany 2023
By Joshua Gundlach
"Sitting Shiva" is a jewish custom to sit and focus on your grief for a week after a loved one's funeral. The house becomes a labyrinth as you walk through it, never knowing where the next hallway will lead and never returning to where you thought you came from when you walk backwards. You can always only keep walking, surrounded by echoing voices singing and praying but never speaking. As you go further into the house, you notice a singing shadow appearing when you least expect him. He is your unsettling companion as you keep walking, going through the days of Shiva, witnessing the world falling apart around you, quite literally, until you reach the end of the week.

Film Info


Sitting Shiva
Original title
Sitting Shiva
Release Date
  • Germany
Spoken language
  • Hebrew
20 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour
Sound Format
  • Unknown




  • Joshua Gundlach

    Joshua Gundlach is a story teller. A 2021 graduate from Kunsthochschule Kassel, he centers his art around Judaism, queerness and disability. He primarily works with making games, illustrations and textile art.

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