"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.
"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.
Language: Hebrew, English subtitles ...
Black Honey: The Poetry and Life of Avraham Sutzkever
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.
Languages: Yiddish & English, English subtitles
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 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.
Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
Director: Amichai Chasson
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Language: Hebrew, English subtitles
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.