Jonas Mekas

Year of birth, place
1922, Semeniškiai, Biržai, Lithuania

Jonas Mekas fled Lithuania during the Second World War, and was initially stranded in refugee labor camp near Hamburg before finding himself in a reception camp near to Mainz. In 1949, he immigrated to North America and, from 1953, himself began making films − soon moving on to become a key figure in New American Cinema. Today, at 92, Mekas lives in New York and is highly esteemed in the film industry throughout the world.