1st Symposium on Yiddish Film

9 November 2012

Date:09 November 2012
Time:2:00 – 3:30 pm
Speaker:Dr. Sharon Pucker Rivo
Co-Founder and Executive Director, National Center for Jewish Film, Brandeis University
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Topic:Yiddish Cinema: A Glimpse of Jewish Life
(An illustrated presentation by Sharon Pucker Rivo)
Venue:Room A401, Conference Hall, Block A

The Department of English was delighted to invite Dr. Sharon Pucker Rivo, the Co-Founder & Executive Director of the National Center for Jewish Film and Adjunct Associate Professor of Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Brandeis University as the guest speaker for the first symposium organized by the Department of English.


Highlights from recently preserved Yiddish feature films have been screened and discussed. Produced in Europe and the United States between 1910 and 1948, the films showcase actors including Maurice Schwartz, Molly Picon, Solomon Mikhoels, Herschel Bernardi and Leo Fuchs. Excerpts from Yiddle with His Fiddle, Uncle Moses, Jewish Luck and Tevye have been shown to illustrate the history of this unique chapter of world cinema. All films have English subtitles and the films present the vibrancy and diversity of Jewish cultural heritage.