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Directed by Asaf Galay, Shaul Betser

Israel 2014 72 mins.

Considered one of the most influential Jewish writers of the twentieth century, best known for Yentl the Yeshiva Boy and Gimpel the Fool, Singer received the Nobel Prize for Literature “for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life.” Betser’s and Galay’s fascinating film reveals Singer’s literary inspirations, including his “harem full of translators”—dozens of women who translated his signature Yiddish prose to reach international audiences. Through archival footage and the intimate in-depth recollections of many of the women who brought Singer’s stories to life, a previously unknown and eccentric chapter in this unlikely ladies’ man’s history comes to life. In English, Hebrew, and Yiddish with English subtitles.

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