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The Ongoing Relevance of the Film Kaddish Forty Years Later

Filmmaker Steve Brand’s Kaddish is a documentary about growing up as a child of a Holocaust survivor, a film about the psychological ramifications of history.
Yossi Klein Halevi, Steve Brand, Yael Danieli
Yossi Klein Halevi is a Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University and Jennifer Raskas, he co-directs the Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative. Yossi is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and co-host with Donniel Hartman and Elana Stein Hain of the Institute’s award-winning podcast, For Heaven’s Sake. He is also the author of Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli

Steve Brand

Yael Danieli

Filmmaker Steve Brand’s Kaddish is a documentary about growing up as a child of a Holocaust survivor; a film about the psychological ramifications of history. Laced with humor and tenderness, it is the story of the stormy yet loving relationship between Jewish writer and activist Yossi Klein and his father Zoltan, who survived the Holocaust while his parents perished at Auschwitz. The stories of Zoltan’s survival and of his parents’ murder became his children’s bedtime stories.

Kaddish originally premiered at Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films in 1984, won a Special Jury Award at Sundance and was named one of the 10 Best Films of 1985 by David Edelstein in the Village Voice. The film’s 4K Restoration had its World Premiere at the 2022 New York Jewish Film Festival. This webinar is a dialogue among filmmaker, the protagonists, and the moderator, who served as Chief Humanities Adviser to the film.

For more information visit kaddishdocumentary.com

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