Red Shirley, a 99-year-old formally known as Shumalit Rabinowitz, is the star of this film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed. Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World war; and fled Poland for Canada during the Second. At 19, she immigrated illegally to the U.S where she spent 47 years toiling at a New York textile factory. She tracked down her long-lost sisters in Palestine, engaged in union struggles and took part un the Civik Rights March on Washington D.C. Enhanced by its dark soundtrack – courtesy of Mr Reed, naturally – and judicious use of freeze frames, this intimate cousin-to cousin encounter is a fascinating distrillation of an individual’s unique experience over a vast expanse of 20th-century history.