Next Event – For The Life Of Me

Pete lives in LA. He is an experienced TV Commercial, Documentary Executive & Filmmaker

On Thursday 31 March, you will receive your invitation from the JHGSWA to view a very personal  45 minutes documentary film about the discovery of both Pete’s heritage and his family history, “For the Life of Me”

Film Synopsis

Following a heart attack, fifty-year-old Peter Vanlaw is haunted by questions about his family.  He delves into his father’s long-held secret and discovers that his family is Jewish.  Upon the death of his parents, he uncovers hundreds of family photos and reels of 16mm film. This wealth of material leads him to family stories of pathos and danger dating back to the early 1900s.

Ultimately,  all are woven into a  film about the discoveries of his heritage, of close relatives he never knew, of the ravages of his mother’s mental illness, of a grandparent’s suicide, and of the lasting damage caused by the Holocaust. His story takes us from California to pre-war Germany, Europe, Asia and beyond.

We will also share a

Then on  Thursday 7 April at 1pm Perth time,  you will  be invited to a Zoom Meeting with Pete, John, Michelle and Eli. You will then be able to ask Pete questions about his film and life.
Here is the trailer:
"For the Life of Me" Trailer
“For the Life of Me” follows Pete Vanlaw who – in middle age after suffering a heart attack — discovers he has been living a lie. His journey of self-discov…
Eli Rabinowitz