Thursday, May 5, 2022

Today til 5/12: Stream Yiddish film "Brussels Transit"/Panel next Thursday!


See Brussels Transit free!
Online this week,
May 5th-12th
Rare Yiddish film: Panel, May 12

Jewish Studies at Fordham is screening the seldom-seen Yiddish arthouse film "Brussels Transit" free online for one week starting this Thursday, May 5th, and holding a Zoom roundtable talk about it next Thursday, May 12, at 1PM (EDT). Discussing the recently restored 1980 Belgian production will be our bandleader /cinema maven Eve Sicular, along with Shoshana Olidort, Sam Shuman, and Professor Flora Cassen.

Please register here (a link to the film will be available to view from May 5-May 12 ...once you register you will receive the link and password). 

English subtitles available at online screening with registration:

Eve's forthcoming article on this heymish avant-garde feature (directed by Samy Szlingerbaum) will soon be published by In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies

A 77-minute, musically engaged cinematic flashback unfolding the postwar family saga of Polish Jews who resettle in Belgium, Bruxelles-Transit /Brussels Transit was produced by renowned Belgian feminist screen iconoclast Chantal Akerman, a close friend and colleague of Samy's. The two had planned a quasi-sequel to Brussels Transit also, but Szlingerbaum died from AIDS in 1986. Mother Malka Szlingerbaum is the voice of mameloshn heard singing and speaking on the soundtrack of her son's full-length masterwork.