Directed by Dan Katzir
Produced by Ravit Markus, Yael Katzir, & Dan katzir
Color. Video. 80 minutes
English & Yiddish with English Subtitles
Official website: http://www.yiddishtheater.net For more info click on IMDB.
“Charming... Sensing that he was witnessing the end of an era, Katzir recorded it all... and ended up with an irreplaceable record of a life and a movement at a crossroads... and that feels like a privilege, it really does.” - Kenneth Turan / LA Times
“The survival of the theater becomes the gateway to a passionate argument for the survival of an entire culture... the film is by turns cranky, funny, wistful and resolute... That language, and its abandonment, is the melancholy heart of “Yiddish Theater,” lending the film direction and depth of purpose.” - Jeannette Catsoulis / NY Times
“A film that is for everyone and anyone….The story of how important life is and how beautiful it can be… on the necessity to fight and dream and believe." - China Reevers, East Lansing Entertainment Guide in Michigan
“It made me laugh, it made me cry” - Sue Liberman, National Jewish News
“Katzir’s valuable documentary… is a vital portrait of Jewish lives.” - Michael Fox, San Diego Jewish Journal
Enter the funny, larger-than-life world of Yiddish Theater through this moving new documentary film about the amazing woman who has kept the oldest running Yiddish Theater in America alive. Zypora Spaisman is a Holocaust survivor who conquers all hearts in her passion for art, life and Yiddish.
This heart warming story of one unique woman's struggle portrays the fight of both an old art form to stay relevant and an old actress to find meaning and a stage in a society that worships youth. Shot in real time in one of the coldest winters in NY, Zypora's theater has one week to raise funding to keep their show going. Many miracles occur during this week. But will they be enough to save
this critically acclaimed Yiddish show?
The film includes unique scenes with many of the last remaining stars of the Yiddish stage as well as leading experts from the Yiddish world, including Seymour Rexite, Shifra Lerer, Zypora Spaisman, Zalmen Mlotek, Nahma Sandrow and many more.
A must see film for anyone who loves theater!
The film was made under the auspices of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity with generous support from Makor Film Fund, the Goldrich Foundation, the Yablon Foundation, the Webb Foundation, the Azus Foundation and Sandra Silverstein.