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Welcome To Yiddishland

Directed by Ros Horin
95 minutes
All Ages
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An upbeat, witty, and timely exploration of a global community of artists creating innovative work in their quest to rediscover and revitalise the endangered Yiddish language.

From behind-the-scenes with an acclaimed Yiddish-language version of Yentl in Melbourne, to enjoyably transgressive punk-Klezmer musicians, and Barrie Kosky’s latest trailblazing production in Berlin – the endangered Yiddish language is alive and well in this rousing documentary. The language originated amongst the Jewish community in Eastern Europe, but almost disappeared when more than half of the world’s Yiddish speakers were murdered during the Holocaust. Most of the artists and performers (aka Yiddishists) in the film didn’t grow up speaking Yiddish, but all have found solace, identity, and inspiration in its rich traditions and culture. Ros Horin (The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, SFF 2016; Rosemary’s Way, SFF 2020) has mapped a fascinating cultural history.

The screening on 9 June will be followed by a performance by The Bashevis Singers.

Limited seats are available for patrons requiring access for wheelchairs, low vision and hearing loop. Please contact our ticketing team directly on 1300 733 733 or tickets@sff.org.au to complete your booking.

Special Guests

Ros Horin
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Ros Horin OAM is a documentary filmmaker and theatre director with over 40 years of experience. Her stage play Speaking in Tongues toured extensively and was later developed into the feature film Lantana, which premiered and opened Sydney Film Festival in 2001. Horin’s documentaries Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe (SFF 2016) and Rosemary’s Way (SFF 2020) also received international recognition.
Jeff Daniels
Jeff Daniels is a multi-award-winning documentary producer and director. His first feature documentary The Ten Conditions of Love (2009) highlighted the plight of the Uyghurs and made international headlines when it was banned by the Chinese government after its MIFF premiere. Daniels also directed and produced the Netflix documentary Mother With a Gun (2016) and his feature documentary Television Event premiered at Tribeca in 2021.


Sun 9 Jun
State Library of NSW
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Mon 10 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Presented By
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Award
Original Title
All Ages
In English and Yiddish with English subtitles
Ros Horin
Ros Horin, Jeff Daniels
Ros Horin, Steven Robinson
Kathryn Milliss, Jasper Techel
Steven Robinson
World Premiere
Australian Films, Documentary, World Premieres, Women Directors, Music, Arts
Company Credits
Australian Distribution: Label Distribution
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