THE HEBREWS: Black Honey, the Life and and Poetry of Avraham Sutskever

dir. Uri Barbash, producer: Yair Qedar, Israel 2018, 76 min, documentary

The incredible story of Avraham Sutskever, the greatest Yiddish poet, who saved manuscripts from the Nazis, survived WWII due to Stalin's special rescue plane, testified in the Nuremberg Trials, and died anonymously in Tel Aviv. As long as Abraham Sutzkever lived, he wouldn't let a film about his life be made. Today, eight years after his passing, Black Honey tells the incredible story of the greatest Yiddish poet of modern times. The man who led the Paper Brigade underground movement that saved Jewish manuscripts from the Nazis, survived the WWII due to Stalin sending him a private rescue plane, testified in the Nuremberg Trials, and immigrated to Israel in 1947 where he led Yiddish culture, while writing in astonishing vitality. This film is part of a special project, The Hebrews, dedicated to Jewish poets. The project won a Special Mention Award at the Haifa International Film Festival "Between Israeli and Jewish Identity Competition Section", 2018.

Q&A with the producer Yair Qedar, with the participation of Anna Rozenfeld. moderated by Lihi Nagler.

Festivals, awards: Washington Jewish FF 2019, Toronto Jewish FF 2019, LA Israeli FF 2018, Jerusalem International FF 2018

Language: Hebrew, Yiddish. Subtitles: Polish and English.

preceded by:

The Silence of Professor Tösla / "Dos shvaign fun Professor Tosla", dir. Ilan Stavans, Mexico 2019, 23’, animated short, competition

In this animated film, a renowned Jewish mathematician nearing death decides to convey his ultimate knowledge about the nature of time and language to one of his favorite pupils. In Yiddish with English subtitles. Written by Ilan Stavans. Animation and music by Jay Bolotin. Language: Yiddish. Subtitles: Polish and English.

23.11.2019, SATURDAY, POLIN Museum, 5:00 PM

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