Dana Nachman on DEAR SANTA – Nell Minow interviews

Dana Nachman’s documentaries make me cry because they are all about kindness. Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World was the story of the entire city of San Francisco coming together to give a child with cancer a chance to be Batman. Pick of the Litter follows puppies through their training to be guide dogs for people who are visually impaired. Her latest film, Dear Santa, is the story of the USPS workers and volunteers who read the letters children write to Santa and help make their Christmas wishes come true. In an interview, Nachman talked about why this film was “the most tricky” of her films and the three elements she wants to have in all of her movies.

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DEAR SANTA – Review by Kristen Page-Kirby

You probably won’t cry through ALL of Dear Santa, but expect your eyes to be a little leaky through most of it. The documentary Dear Santa follows the stories of the 2019 version of Operation Santa, a charity begun in 1912 that matches children (and some adults) who have written letters to Santa with donors. Writer and director Dana Nachman follows a few of Santa’s “elves,” including an elementary school’s student government, a postmaster in a small Arizona town and a former Operation Santa recipient.

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