18 2023

Screening of the Classic Yiddish Film: The Dybbuk

8:00PM - 9:30PM  

Eastside Jewish Commons 2420 Ne Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97232

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$ Cost $ 5.00

Screening: The Dybbuk

Part of our Yiddish Month Series! Pairs with our Natan Meir Lecture on Yiddish Folklore March 16th.

The Dybbuk, or Between Two Worlds (Yiddish: דער דיבוק, אדער צווישן צוויי וועלטן; Der Dibuk, oder Tsvishn Tsvey Veltn) is a 1914 play by S. Ansky, relating the story of a young bride possessed by a dybbuk – a malicious possessing spirit, believed to be the dislocated soul of a dead person – on the eve of her wedding. The Dybbuk is considered a seminal play in the history of Jewish theatre, and played an important role in the development of Yiddish theatre and theatre in Israel. The play was based on years of research by Ansky, who traveled between Jewish shtetls in Russia and Ukraine, documenting folk beliefs and stories of the Hassidic Jews.

The film adds an additional act before those in the original play. Besides the language of the film itself, the picture is noted among film historians for the striking scene of Leah's wedding, which is shot in the style of German Expressionism. The film is generally considered one of the finest in the Yiddish language. The Dybbuk was filmed on location in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, and in Feniks Film Studio in Warsaw. The film is in Yiddish with subtitles.

Doors 7:30 PM, Screening 8 PM

All Ages (may be scary for children), $5-$8 sliding scale/person, no one turned away for lack of funds.

Sponsor: Eastside Jewish Commons