The Hebrews

The Hebrews

14 Episodes

"The Hebrews Initiative" is a creative laboratory for biographical documentaries about prominent writers in the field of Hebrew and Jewish culture. The project invites top directors to create films that combine a biographical story, translation of the textual work into cinematic visuals, original music and personal interpretation to create original films that combine poetry and literature with documentary and film. So far, 14 documentaries have been made.

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  • Bialik: King of the Jews

    Episode 1

    "King of the Jews" is a portrait of the most beloved Jew of his day, Chaim Nachman Bialik. By the age of thirty he'd already become the most famous poet in the Jewish world. He spent very few years living in Tel Aviv, but he loved the city dearly.

    Year: 2014
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles ...

  • Black Honey: The Poetry and Life of Avraham Sutzkever

    Episode 2

    The incredible story of Avraham Sutskever, the greatest Yiddish poet, who saved manuscripts from the Nazis, survived WWII due to Stalin's special rescue plane, testified in the Nuremberg Trials, and died anonymously in Tel Aviv.

    Year: 2018
    Languages: Yiddish & English, English subtitles
    Director...

  • The Raven: Ze'ev Jabotinsky

    Episode 3

    The Raven is a touching and exciting portrait of one of Israel's most contradictory figures. Born in Odessa, Jabotinsky was a brilliant writer and passionate spokesperson for Russia's ethnic minorities. Eventually refocusing his energies and skills to the Zionist cause, he established the controv...

  • The Seven Tapes of Yona Wallach

    Episode 4

    A cinematic journey into the world of Yona Wallach, an Israeli poet, whose radical life and poetry ended with her death at an early age, leaving behind a myth and a trail of admirers.

    Year: 2012
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Yair Qedar
    Producer: Yair Qedar
    Writer: Yair Qedar
    St...

  • Avot Yeshurun

    Episode 5

    The great outsider poet Avot Yeshoron was the first to write about the Naqba, mixing Hebrew, Arabic and Yiddish. Haunted for most of his life, he gained great respect in his final years, becoming a hero of a generation.

    Year: 2018
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Amichai Chasson
    Pr...

  • The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer

    Episode 6

    Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner, wrote with a "harem" of dozens of translators behind him. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to portray the story of an author who charmed his audiences, just like...

  • Zelda: A Simple Woman

    Episode 7

    She published her first book of poetry at the age of 53 and became a prominent figure in the field of Hebrew literature. Niece of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, living alone in Jerusalem, writing poems of pieces of paper, surrounded by a small court of lovers and admirers.

    Year: 2015
    Language: Hebrew, E...

  • Muray, Shabazi's Riddle

    Episode 8

    Very few details are known about Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, but 400 years after his death, Shabazi is as popular as ever and is considered one of the greatest Yemenite poets. The film takes the audience on a journey through the extraordinary life of one of the greatest Hebrew writers.

    Year: 2018
    Lang...

  • A Song of Friendship: Rabbi David Buzaglo

    Episode 9

    Rabbi David Buzaglo was the greatest Hebrew liturgical poet of the twentieth century. Born in Morocco in 1903, his literary output had a major impact on a community of hundreds of thousands of people.

    Year: 2015
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Rafael Balulu
    Producer: Yair Qedar
    Wri...

  • Miss Blubstein, Rachel

    Episode 10

    A documentary on the life of Hebrew poet Rachel Blubstein, known simply as Rachel, considered a national poet of Israel. Includes interviews with literary researchers, poets, historians, and biographers.

    Year: 2015
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Sivan Arbel
    Producer: Yair Qedar
    S...

  • The 5 Houses of Lea Goldberg

    Episode 11

    She died 41 years ago, but even today, Lea Goldberg is still an enigmatic figure. She is Israel's most beloved poet, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of the first World War through her magical poetry.

    Year: 2011
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Director: Yair Qedar
    Producer: Yair ...

  • Levantine

    Episode 12

    Director Rafael Balulu goes on a journey in the footsteps of the Levantine thinker and author Jacqueline Kahanoff. Through encounters with her elderly friends in Paris, leading intellectuals in the Mizrachi discourse in Israel and fascinating Levantine women artists, he not only draws a portrait ...

  • The Awakener: The Story of Y.H. Brenner

    Episode 13

    In 1921, six dead bodies were found near the Red House between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. One was the body of Y.H. Brenner, a brilliant author, the sharp critic of his generation, a man of ambiguous sexuality and the characteristics of a raging prophet.

    Year: 2015
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
    Di...

  • Alone: The Legend of Miriam Yalan-Shtekelis

    Episode 14

    In a tiny apartment in Jerusalem, surrounded by dolls and cats, Miriam Yalan-Shteklis wrote her beloved children's poems. Director Reuven Brodsky uses miniatures created specifically for the film and interviews with her acquaintances to tell the story of the most loved Israeli children writer.

    Y...