‘Perfecting the Art of Longing’ movie premiere


“You perfect the art of longing by knowing where your soul is intended to be,” says Rabbi Cahana, who suffered a devastating brainstem stroke that left him “locked in,” only able to communicate through the blinking of his eyes.

Using footage from security cameras, video calls and home-video archives, this experimental short film leads us on a journey through memory, family and faith, exploring the nature of connection and distance.

“Perfecting the Art of Longing” written and directed by Kitra Cahana, premiered at the 2021 Festival du nouveau cinéma – FNC, as part of the National Competition, at 8:30 p.m., Montreal, Canada.

A National Film Board of Canada production.