WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Black Honey, the Life and Poetry of Avraham Sutzkever
Dir. Uri Barbash | 76 min
Documentary 2018 EnglishYiddishHebrew with English Subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere
Avraham Sutzkever is often regarded as the greatest Yiddish writer of modern times. As long as he lived, he wouldn’t let a film about his life be made. Now, eight years after his passing, Black Honey tells the incredible story of the man who led an underground movement that saved Jewish manuscripts from the Nazis, survived WWII after Stalin sent him a private rescue plane, and testified in the Nuremberg Trials. After immigrating to Israel in 1947, he led a spirited revival of Yiddish culture, writing poetry that coursed with a sense of vibrant humanity that staved off the dark memory of the Holocaust.