Memento Mori

Some members of Jude Fletcher's family have a fondness for taking pictures of the dead. Their photo albums boast the typical shots of joyous celebrations and family gatherings, side by side with shots of loved ones in their caskets.

2004 ShortDocs Challenge: Darkness

2004 / Jude Fletcher / TCF, USA

Some members of Jude Fletcher's family have a fondness for taking pictures of the dead. Their photo albums boast the typical shots of joyous celebrations and family gatherings, side by side with shots of loved ones in their caskets.

As eerie as this may seem, photographing the dead, or memento mori, was popular back in the 19th century. Producer Jude Fletcher takes a trip to Story City, Iowa, to discover why this faded tradition is still cherished by some in her family, and to come to terms with her own feelings on the matter.

Memento Mori was commissioned for the 2004 ShortDocs: Stories About Darkness.


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Jude Fletcher

Jude Fletcher began her radio career as a DJ and Assistant Music Director at KUSF 90.7 FM, an alternative music station in San Francisco.


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