What is a fotonovela? If you grew up in a Latin American country, you probably remember that they were a sort of comic like booklet or pamphlet, illustrated with photograph and bubble dialogues telling a story or plot with a moral at the end. This simple yet powerful visual tool, was extremely popular back at the 80's. Just in Mexico alone there was a demand for 70 million of copies monthly. In fact, several of today's famous Latin American artists, initiated their acting and modeling careers in the fotonovela industry.
Mexican-American professor and author Ilan Stavans and Argentine photographer Marcelo Brodsky, re-think and re-invent the fotonovela and give it a Jewish twist: Once: 9:53 tells the story of the moments preceding the tragic 1994 terrorist attack of the AMIA Jewish building in Argentina.
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