About the Directors

Dani Menkin
Yonatan Nir

Director's Statement: Following our award-wining film Dolphin Boy we have reunited to create another special film that explores the powerful relationship between man and nature, father and son, violence and peace. Picture Of His Life was more than 10 years in the making. We were determined to bring this special story to life, in the most honest way we can. And to tell this story the way we see Amos, the way we see the world.  We were inspired not just by Amos ability to push the envelope and break the boundaries, to swim side by side with sharks, orcas and eventually polar bears, but mostly by his will to expose his most private and inner feelings to the camera and let us and the world see his vulnerabilities and pain. We do believe that at the end of the day, like Leonard Cohen says: “There is a crack In everything, but that’s how the light gets in”. 

Yonatan Nir is an award-winning documentary film producer and director. His films My Hero Brother, Dolphin Boy (co-directed with Dani Menkin), Cutting The Pain and The Essential Link - the Story of Wilfred Israel, have millions of viewers in 60 different countries and have received awards and nominations in festivals around the globe. Dolphin Boy was sold to over 20 countries around the globe and was bought by Disney Pictures for an adaptation. He is also a keynote speaker who Had givenlectures and talks in dozens of countries, and at the United Nations main offices. Listen to his recent Tedx talk about DocuTherapy - healing trauma through documentary filmmaking .

Dani Menkin is a twice Israeli Academy-Award-Winning filmmaker for 39 Pounds of Love and Is That You? 39 Pounds of Love was aquired by HBO and shortlisted for the Oscar Awards. His 2017 basketball documentary about 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv, On The Map, is distributed by Lionsgate in North America and have been viewed throughout the world. Dani is a speaker and panelist at film festivals around the world, as well as a juror and film professor in American and Israeli Universities & Colleges.

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