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The Hebrews

The Hebrews

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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The Hebrews
  • Alone: The Legend of Miriam Yalan-Shtekelis

    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.

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  • The Raven: Ze'ev Jabotinsky

    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...

  • Black Honey, The Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutskever

    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
    Language: Hebrew, English subtitles (use CC to activate)...

  • The Seven Tapes of Yona Wallach

    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 (use CC to activate)
    Director: Yair Qedar
    Producer: Yair Qedar
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  • The Awakener: The Story of Y.H. Brenner

    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 (u...

  • Levantine

    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 5 Houses of Lea Goldberg

    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 Sbtitles
    Director: Yair Qedar
    Producer: Yair Q...

  • Bialik: King of the Jews

    "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 ...

  • Miss Blubstein, Rachel

    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 (use CC button to activate)
    Director: Sivan ...

  • A Song of Friendship: Rabbi David Buzaglo

    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
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  • Muray, Shabazi's Riddle

    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...

  • Zelda: A Simple Woman

    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
    Director: Yair Qeda...