Peter Sanders, Altina Schinasi’s grandson, is a filmmaker who created a documentary feature titled, “Altina,” based on the life of his grandmother.

Today, Google Doodle celebrated the 116th birthday of Altina Schinasi, inventor of the ‘cat-eye’ glass frame.

Altina Schinasi was a remarkable woman known for her creativity and activism. She was born on October 10, 1907, in Alexandria, Egypt, to a wealthy Turkish-Jewish family. Altina later moved to the United States, where she pursued a career as an artist, filmmaker, and philanthropist.

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As an artist, Altina was known for her innovative and unique style. She created intricate and colorful designs for fashion accessories, particularly her famous Harlequin eyeglasses, which became a fashion trend in the 1930s. Her eyeglasses were worn by prominent figures, including former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

Altina also ventured into filmmaking, producing several documentary films that focused on social and political issues. Her films tackled subjects such as mental illness, civil rights, and feminism, highlighting her commitment to raising awareness about important societal matters.

Who is Peter Sanders?

Peter Sanders is a filmmaker by profession.

Altina’s life and accomplishments were honored through the documentary film “Altina,” which was directed by her grandson, Peter Sanders. The film explores Altina’s unique journey, her artistic vision, and her influential impact on various spheres of society.

Schinasi passed away in 1999, at the age of 92. Sanders’ documentary was immensely boosted by the discovery of video recorded by husband Morris Sanders during the couple’s honeymoon in 1927 and 1928. A two-hour interview with an 84-year-old Schinasi, filmed by her son Terry Sanders, was also helpful.

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Schinasi and Miranda lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for the last decade of her life, and Peter Sanders joined them for a half-year stint at their combination farm and artists’ studio.