Docu 'Red Shirley' profiles director's cousin

BERLIN — Lou Reed will be on hand at the Visions du Reel docu film festival in Nyon, Switzerland, for the world preem of his debut film, “Red Shirley,” which chronicles the life of his centenarian cousin, Shirley Novick.

In the docu, the 68-year-old singer-songwriter interviews Novick, who recounts her life, the ordeal of surviving two world wars, the disappearance of her family at the hands of the Nazis and her immigration in 1938 to New York, where she worked as a seamstress and ultimately became a leader in the workers’ movement, thus winning the nickname “Red Shirley.”

The pic preems April 20 as part of the Tendances section. The 16th Visions du Reel, which runs April 15-21, will unspool 160 films covering political, economic, familial and personal themes in nearly a dozen sections.

The international competish features 20 films this year, 17 of which are world and international preems, including Nino Kirtadze’s “Something About Georgia,” about the Russian invasion of South Ossetia; Marlene Rabud and Arnaud Zajtman’s “Kafka au Congo des belges,” an investigation of daily corruption and grotesque jurisprudence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and Nicolas Wadimoff’s “Aisheen [Still Alive in Gaza],” which examines the aftermath of war in the Gaza Strip.

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