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Essays, interviews, listicles, podcasts, and much more, covering all aspects of Yiddish culture.

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Yiddish-language Feature Menashe Premieres at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival

Menashe offers an inti­mate glimpse inside Hasidic Bor­ough Park. 

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"They Have Their Own Language, Literally": A Review of One of Us

Shay­na Weiss reviews One of Us, a Net­fix doc­u­men­tary direct­ed by Hei­di Ewing and Rachel Grady that fol­lows the lives of three ex-Hasidim. 

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Not Just Talking Heads: Yiddish and Jewish Eastern Europe in Recent Documentary Films

The mul­ti­lin­gual and inter­na­tion­al scope of this list of doc­u­men­taries pro­duced since 2015 is a tes­ta­ment to the con­tem­po­rary vibran­cy of Yid­dish cul­ture across the globe.

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Samy Szlingerbaum’s Heymish Avant-Garde Kino der Mamen: Mysteries, Music, & Immigrant Life in “Brussels Transit”

Eve Sic­u­lar offers an exe­ge­sis of Samy Szlinger­baum’s recent­ly restored auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal cin­e­mat­ic mas­ter­piece, which depicts a Jew­ish family’s dis­place­ment in the after­math of World War II.

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Yiddish and the Jewish Voice in The Zone of Interest

Whether or not The Zone of Inter­est is a good film does not hinge on the usage of a minute-long melody. But I do believe its employ­ment tells us the film was impec­ca­bly researched by a Jew­ish direc­tor with a clear vision for who ought to say what, and when.

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