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Stranded in Australia mid-world tour as World War II broke out, two stars of Europe’s renowned Vilna Troup of Yiddish actors find themselves in “ek velt” (the end of the world). Surrounded by a bunch of passionate amateurs, the actor/directors Rachel Holzer and Jacob Waislitz propelled Yiddish theatre in Melbourne to new heights. The David Herman Theatre Group became a stage phenomenon that spanned more than five decades and forged Melbourne’s legacy as one of the world’s most vibrant centers for Yiddish culture. Having survived the ravages of the Holocaust, the players formed a tight circle, with all the camaraderie, drama, and intimacy of a theatre troupe coupled with the closeness of family. Most of all, they gave their audiences a longed-for taste of home.


Closed captions for this film were made possible with the generous support of the Miami Jewish Abilities Alliance, a program of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
  • Premiere
    International Premiere
  • Director
    Rebecca Albeck
  • Screenwriter
    Rebecca Albeck
  • Cast
    Arnold Zable, Helen Jacobs, Joe Tigel, Mira Pfau
  • Cinematographer
    Victor Tadashi Suàrez
  • Editor
    Ben Eriksen