Zen and the Art of Yiddish Film - Ver Vet Blaybn? (Who Will Remain?)
The Betsy with the Miami Jewish Film Festival will present a panel / talkback with film scholar Dr. Phyllis Lassner (Northwestern University), with movie co-directors Christa B. Whitney (Yiddish Book Center), Emily Felder (independent filmmaker), and a surprise performance by Miami folk-singer Alejandra Czarny.
RSVP above to The Betsy's movie talkback for Who Will Remain, to take place on April 26 @ 7PM.
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The Betsy's special community sponsors for the April 26 talkback include Florida International University, the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Conference, Yiddish Book Center, and the Miami Jewish Film Festival.
About the Movie – Who Will Remain
Attempting to better understand her grandfather Avrom Sutzkever, Israeli actress Hadas Kalderon travels to Lithuania using her grandfather’s diary to trace his early life in Vilna and his survival during the Holocaust. Sutzkever was an acclaimed Yiddish poet — described by the New York Times as the “greatest poet of the Holocaust”— whose verse drew on his youth in Siberia and Vilna, his spiritual and material resistance during World War II, and his post-war life in the State of Israel. In Who Will Remain?, Hadas is determined to connect with what remains of her grandfather’s bygone world and confront the personal responsibility of preserving his literary legacy. Woven into the documentary are home videos, newly recorded interviews, and archival recordings, including Sutzkever’s testimony at the Nuremberg Trials. Recitation of his poetry and personal reflections on resisting Nazi forces as a partisan fighter reveals how Sutzkever tried to make sense of the Holocaust and its aftermath. As Kalderon strives to reconstruct the stories told by her grandfather, the film examines the limits of language, geography, and time.
About the Talkback/Panel
Dr. Phyllis Lassner, Holocaust Film Scholar
Dr. Lassner is Professor Emerita at Northwestern University. Her many publications and international presentations include focus on World War II and Holocaust literature and film. She co-edited the collections Philosemitism and Antisemitism in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries, the new edition of Gisella Perl’s memoir, I Was a Doctor in Auschwitz, and The Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture (2020). Her most recent book is Espionage and Exile: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in British Spy Fiction and Film and her current publications include essays on Polish post-Holocaust film, British Jewish art, and Holocaust escape memoirs. She was awarded the International Diamond Jubilee Fellowship 2015-2017 at Southampton University, in England and currently serves on the Education and Exhibition Committees of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
Christa P. Whitney, Producer and Co-Director
Originally from Northern California, Christa discovered Yiddish while studying comparative literature at Smith College. She has studied Yiddish language at the Vilnius Yiddish Institute, the Workers Circle, and the Yiddish Book Center. For the past ten years, she has directed the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, traveling near and far recording oral history interviews, managing a video archive, and producing documentary films and web features about all aspects of Yiddish language and culture.
Emily Felder, Editor and Co-Director
Emily Felder is a documentary film editor whose work has been screened in museums, libraries, and schools across the country. She studied anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she became invested in archaeology, visual ethnography, and nonfiction storytelling. She worked as the premiere technical assistant for the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project, and as an assistant editor at Florentine Films/Hott Productions on feature-length documentaries broadcast on PBS. She is now an editor and videographer based in Los Angeles, where she continues to make films.