Louis and Rachel Lesk Memorial Fund in Israel Studies: Film Screening

From Language to Language (Israel, 2004)

55 min. Hebrew with English subtitles.

Followed by a post-screening discussion by Yigal Nizri (University of Toronto) and Yosefa Raz (University of Toronto)

For centuries, Hebrew was the sacred language for the Jews of the Diaspora. Since the beginning of the twentieth century, through a political decision, it has become an everyday spoken language. What has been preserved, what has been forgotten or repressed, what is waiting to burst forth? Writers and artists, born in Israel, attempt to describe their relationship with the historical and religious dimension of Hebrew. One voice finds an echo in the next, the words shed light on and occasionally contradict each other: no one version imposes itself. The film deals with the poetic and politics, the religious and the secular. While taking Hebrew as its main subject, this film helps us to think more deeply about processes of immigration, translation, and exile as both political and literary realities. With: Meir Wieseltier, Agi Mishol, Haïm Uliel, Aharon Appelfeld, Haviva Padaya, Salman Masalha, Amal Murkus, Evgenya Dodina, and Daniel Epstein.

Free and open to the public. No registration required.




Date & Time
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue