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 and with the participation of Anna Rozenfeld. Moderated by Lihi Nagler.
Yair Qedar is an Israeli filmmaker and a civil-rights activist. His academic training on 20th-century Hebrew literature (Tel Aviv University), propelled him into to The Hebrews — a documentary project on the Hebrew and Jewish literary canon, centered on filmic portraits of Hebrew writers from the 17 century to recent days. 14 feature length documentary films were made in the project so far. The documentary films which Qedar produced - and directed with other 10 Israeli film directors - all premiered in film festivals, aired on Israeli TV, circulated far and wide in hundreds of cinemas, cinematheques, community and cultural centers, in Israel and around the world.
Dr. Lihi Nagler is a film scholar affiliated with the Department of Literature, Art & Linguistics at The Open University of Israel. She serves as a curator at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.
Anna Rozenfeld is an inter-media artist, independent researcher, teacher and translator of Yiddish.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.