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Klezmer on Fish Street (JIMF)

Material Type: 
Films
Publisher: 
Distributor: Castle Hill Films
Place of Publication: 
USA
Year: 
2003
Media: 
DVD
Languages: 
English
Country / Area: 
Poland
Description: 

Documentary.
When you travel to Krakow, Poland, you can stay in the former Jewish Quarter of Kazimiercz, at a Jewish inn. You will wake up to a kosher-style breakfast. You will take the “Schindler’s List” tour. You will return for a kosher-style lunch, and then take the bus to Auschwitz-Birkenau. You will end your day with a kosher-style dinner, followed by a klezmer concert, will you have met a Polish Jew? Is the revival of Jewish culture in Poland today only the culture or is Jewish life being revived as well? These and other questions will be examined in this film through the through the eyes of “The Klezmaniacs” - a group of young, Jewish-American klezmer musicians - traveling to Poland on a self-initiated "musical goodwill tour". Translating for them is singer Shira Shazeer's grandmother, who lost her family and was deported 60 years earlier. As this "next generation" of proponents of Yiddish culture explores their roots, the grandmother searches her childhood neighborhood for any remaining vestiges of Jewish life. These vignettes of Poland are intercut with an unfolding confrontation between Jewish tourists, non-Jewish Poles and Jewish Poles while the local police stand by uneasily. Together, these scenes create a true sense of Jewish life in Poland today.
View film clip: http://www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/sr-08-klezmer-fish-street.htm

 

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