The last ten years has seen the release of new films with Yiddish dialogue that address Holocaust memory. This talk examines these films and the role that the Yiddish language plays in framing the Holocaust and its aftermath. The films include:Â The Pin/Di ShpilkeÂ (dir. Naomi Jaye),Â Son of SaulÂ (dir. LÃ¡szlÃ³ Nemes) ,Â ShehitaÂ (dir. Dean Gold), and the newly releasedÂ ShttlÂ (Ady Walter). Attend in person or virtually on zoom. Click here for more info and zoom link
Co-presented with Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at University of Toronto, and Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Rebecca MargolisÂ is the Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at theÂ Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC)Â in theÂ School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies (SOPHIS)Â in the Faculty of Arts.Â She joined Monash University from the University of Ottawa, Canada in early 2020.
Her primary area of research is the cultural production of migrants and their descendants, in particular as it intersects with language continuity.
Margolis’ publications examine the Jewish experience at the intersections of language literature, theatre, film, education, and organizational life. She is the author ofÂ Jewish Roots, Canadian Soil: Yiddish Cultural Life in Montreal, 1905-1945Â andÂ ×™×™Ö´×“×™×© ×œ×¢×‘×˜ Yiddish Lives On: Journeys of Language RevitalizationÂ (2023). Her ongoing research project, New Yiddish Cinema, investigates a 21st-century corpus of film and television created in a Jewish diaspora language that few of its creators, actors or viewers speak. The project examines this transnational cinema as well as the processes of screen translation in the production and reception of cinema in a lesser-used language. As part of this project, she is working on a manuscript titledÂ The Supernatural in New Yiddish Cinema: Dybbuks, Demons and a Haunted Jewish PastÂ (Lexington Books,Â Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy series) as well as research that interrogates the tropes of Yiddish as funny on American television. She researches past and contemporary Jewish cultural life in Melbourne.
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