Press Release – World Premiere “Yiddish: A tale of survival”


AskAbigail Productions

May 14, 2013

News Release

World Premiere of documentary film “Yiddish: A tale of survival”

New York City International Film Festival
Israel Film Day Gala: June 18, 2013 8pm

NYIT auditorium Broadway and 62nd. St.

Tickets available on NYCIFF website or at the door
Press media arrive 5pm, Film will be screened at 8pm.

Here is a review published in Forget the Box

Abigail Hirsch, Director and Producer, Azra Rashid, co-producer and editor, and Bryna Wasserman, Director of the Folksbiene Theatre and one of the principal characters, will be in attendance for the Gala and the Q and A.


We are excited to announce that “Yiddish: A tale of survival” has been selected for a gala world premiere by the New York City International Film Festival (NYCIFF).  “Yiddish: A tale of survival” will be showcased at the festival’s Israel Film Day Event gala at 8pm. Press screening at 5:30, party followed by screening at 8pm, followed by Q and A and an after party.

Shot in Israel, Canada and the United States, “Yiddish: A tale of survival” tells the story of Yiddish since the Holocaust via the personal histories and performance clips of Shmuel Atzmon of Tel Aviv, who started Israel’s first Yiddish Repertory theatre; Bryna Wasserman, heir to the Dora wasserman Yiddish theatre legacy and the initiator of first ever International Yiddish Theatre Festival in Montreal, and Milena Kartowsky of Paris, a youthful performer and activist for Yiddish culture.


Yiddish: A tale of survival” documents  the grassroots nurturing and rebirth of Yiddish in the face of severe challenges both in Israel and all over the world. via the personal histories of three amazing individuals:  BrynaWasserman, Shmuel Atzmon and Milena Kartovsky.

Before the second world war, Yiddish was the vernacular of over 11 million Jewish people worldwide. Today, there are fewer than 2 million Yiddish speakers. In addition, post Holocaust, the language of Jewish communities all over the world, including Israel, became Hebrew, in order to foster a new Jewish identity. Few worried about the survival of Yiddish, which had been the language of Jewish people in Europe for centuries, and which carried the history and culture of Jews over the preceding 1000 years.

Yiddish: A tale of survival” documents  the grassroots nurturing and rebirth of Yiddish in the face of severe challenges both in Israel and all over the world and demonstrates how art can be both revolutionary and political.

For information, contact Abigail Hirsch at 917-647-5540 or E-mail:


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