UnLonely Film Festival 6

Spring Chicken

Anny Junek, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor, is the three-time champion of her Israeli retirement home’s annual Purim costume contest (a Smurf, a doctor, and a handyman). After losing her parents in Auschwitz and surviving Bergen-Belsen, Anny settled in Mexico where she grew her family. Now a great-grandmother in Israel, Anny and her family have hatched a plan for a fourth win: a chicken costume.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

Tamir Elterman is a filmmaker from Berkeley, California based in Tel Aviv. His feature documentary, “Muhi – Generally Temporary” won several international awards including best directorial debut at DocAviv (Israel), Golden Dove for best documentary at DokLeipzig (Germany), was nominated for an Ophir award (Israeli Academy Awards), and was a top 10 audience choice at Hot Docs, San Francisco International, IDFA, and others. He was a regular video contributor to The New York Times for several years where he reported from the US and internationally. His other short documentaries and digital journalism has been published by Discovery Digital, Great Big Story, AJ+, David Lynch Foundation,  and more. Tamir earned his M.S. from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.




Join The Conversation

In what unlikely ways have you found pleasure and connection through your creativity?


  1. marcia freed

    laughed and cried just wonderful

  2. Jen

    I love creativity

  3. Anonymous

    Is sad, that all of us, will be there one day, we can forget our parents, and know that they fell lonely after we leave the house.

  4. Melissa Martin

    That was so fun. Anny is a beautiful soul. I hope to have that energy when I am her age, and her sharp mind! Three languages, wow, she’s amazing!

  5. AA

    This film touched my heart. It made me reflect and be honest with myself on how my relationship with my mother. But to see her partaking in activities inspires me to be the same. I believe I see her looking at life with a glass half full not empty. Inspiring.

  6. Andrea M. Lauritsch

    I know her story since 1999, because of my historian work about her family in Wolfsberg in Carinthia, Austria. I am very proud about meeting Anny Junek in 2001, when a memorial plaque was revealed in Wolfsberg. Greetings to her family. She was a wonderful und stron woman. Thanks for this phantastic, humorous short film.


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