What is happening to the Yiddish language today?
In Search of Yiddish. Now it comes with English subtitles.
This new film is dedicated to the tragic fate of the language of the European Jews, Yiddish. On the verge of his 75th birthday, the well-known Russian poet and scientist Alexander Gorodnitsky travels to Belarus where his parents were born and raised and where, in the fall of 1941, the Nazis had murdered his entire family.
He travels throughout the country hoping to find his grandparents` grave and the remnants of the Yiddish language. His search eventually brings him to Israel where his son and granddaughters now live.
They speak Yiddish!
The fates of several people are portrayed in this dramatic characterization of the demise of the great Yiddish culture which gave us the likes of Sholem Aleichem, MarcChagall,Shmuel Galkin, Haim Soutine, and Solomon Mikhoels.
The film contains poems and songs written especially for this project and performed by Alexander Gorodnitsky himself. Excerpts from his new poem "In Search of Yiddish" and unique early twentieth century archival footage are also included.
The meeting with the authors and discussion will follow after the intermission.
© Authors: Alexander Gorodnitsky, Yuri Khashchevatsky, Natalya Kasperovich, Semyon FridlyandCinematography by Semyon Fridlyand, Music Composed by Gennady Tsypin. 2008
The film will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on December 8th 2008 atChabad Lubavich Center770 High Ridge RoadStamford, CT