ABOUT THE PROJECT
Art students trained in anatomical drawing collaborate with a forensic artist and a medical examiner to "give face" to the skulls of unidentified victims of crime. An unusual even obsessive attachment develops where the artist/creator will not rest until her reconstruction has been identified and the past laid to rest.
SYNOPSIS / DESCRIPTION
Fifteen students sign up for a forensic sculpture workshop. They must put aside aesthetic considerations and work with scientific rigor to give face to the fifteen skulls in the room. These are cold cases, literally skeletons in the closet, and this is a last ditch effort to give dead bones a face, and the possibility of identification. Each artist is guided by a larger purpose: to get the face “right” so that it strikes a spark of recognition in someone. DNA testing will then confirm or deny identification. Art, science and technology come together in this rare initiative. A few of the artists can't help but become sleuths who will not rest until the mystery of their skull has been solved. The themes of this film span life and death, history, memory and identity, and the enduring legacy of art when pressed to the service of society.
GENRE Feature Documentary
DIRECTOR Nilita Vachani
PRODUCER Nilita Vachani
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