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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023



Screening Information

Ontario Premiere
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country United States
Year 2020
Running Time 80 MIN
Languages Russian, Ukrainian, English, Yiddish
Subtitles English
Director Katya Ustinova

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Katya Ustinova’s directorial debut offers an elegiac last glimpse of the Shtetl towns of Russia, located in what is currently Ukraine and Moldova. At one time, these tight-knit communities were possessed of a rich and vibrant culture in which Yiddish language and folklore thrived, alongside Jewish faith and practices. Now they lie silent and mostly abandoned, save for a handful of gentile residents who carry on their neighbours’ traditions, keeping their spirit and memory alive.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Katya Ustinova
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Review “Ultimately, the film celebrates the spectrum of experiences of Soviet Jews, and as Ustinova said, it demonstrates to American audiences 'that the world of their ancestors actually outlived Fiddler on the Roof and the war and the Soviet Union.'" - Russian Film Week USA

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