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Virtual SJCC: Weekly Film Conversation with Pamela Lavitt on Yiddish Cinema
June 9 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join Pamela Lavitt, Director of Arts + Ideas and Festivals, for a conversation about Yiddish cinema then and now, pop culture, and Jewish projections on screen.
Join the conversation live on Zoom:
(please register in advance)
Some 130 full-length motion pictures and 30 short ones were produced during the halcyon heydays of Yiddish cinema, between 1911 and 1940. After WWII, Yiddish film almost disappeared due to the Holocaust and the linguistic acculturation of Jewish immigrants to the US and the ascendancy of Hebrew as Israel’s and the new Jew’s national tongue.
Today, Yiddish is having a comeback on screen. From recent restorations by the National Center for Jewish Film, such as TEVYE and Molly Picon chestnuts; to streaming shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Shtisl, and Unorthodox; to a new crop of popular films, featuring Hasidic or Haredi communities speaking Yiddish (or Yinglish), many made in Israel or Germany. Watch some or all of these films/trailers below and join Pamela Lavitt for a conversation about Yiddish cinema, popular culture, and Jewish projections on screen then and now.
Suggested viewing before the event:
- MENASHE (film)
- YIDLIFE CRISIS: THE DOUBLE DATE (short)
- YIDL MITN FIDL (30-minute clip)
- SHTISEL (episode 1)