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Director Ady Walter’s extraordinary and beautiful film is not about the disasters overwhelming Soviet Ukraine during WWII, but rather something completely different. It is a celebration of the dynamic nature of Jewish life in a fictional village on the eve of the Nazi invasion. Called “a masterpiece” by many critics, it immerses you into the characters’ lives and loves, as if you are interacting with real-life people. Like filmmaker Mendele who returns to his hometown from cosmopolitan Kyiv, his neighbors are full of dreams, hopes and passionately voiced opinions. SHTTL is “not only as an absolutely essential Jewish film but as an exquisite testament to those beautiful lives that never came to be.”


Virtual Guest Speaker: Jake Marmer on Ukraine: Literature and Life Beyond the Headlines.


In partnership with the Alliance Française de San Francisco.

  • Year
    2022
  • Runtime
    114 minutes
  • Language
    Yiddish
  • Country
    Ukraine, France
  • Director
    Ady Walter
  • Screenwriter
    Ady Walter
  • Producer
    Olias Barco, Jean-Charles Levy, Vladyslav Riashyn, Grebenchikova Ryta
  • Executive Producer
    Matt Brodlie, Steven Ghouti, Aaron L. Gilbert, Eric Gozlan, Jonathan Kier, Lili Rosen, Amanda Sthers
  • Cast
    Moshe Lobel, Saul Rubinek, Emily Karpel, Kostiantyn Afanasiev, Vitaliia Barco
  • Music
    David Federmann