Set in the Polish Ukraine and New York City, the film traces the
break-up of a family due to stress, poverty, the chaos of war and the
difficulties of immigrant life. One of the last Yiddish films to be
produced in Warsaw, this moving story focuses on one Jewish mother's
efforts to keep her family together.
Arriving in 1924, Pesach′ke Burstein, the dancing-singing comedian,
quickly became a leading figure in the Golden Era of Yiddish theater. On
stage, he would meet, fall in love with and eventually marry raising star
Lillian Lux. Embarking together on triumphant overseas tours as a couple,
they soon became the parents of twins. Before long the children, Mike and
Susan, were given stage names and accompanied their parents on tours. In
time, the pressures of theatrical life would take its toll on the family.
Molly Picon is Khavtshi, the youngest daughter of a widower, who is
left with the responsibility of tending house for a helpless and
indifferent family of seven. As such, she becomes their little mother.
Filled with that special brand of humor and song that made Molly Picon the
undisputed queen of Yiddish musicals.
A romantic comedy about a drifter, who wanders from shtetl to shtetl.
He finds brief happiness when he falls in love with a shoemaker's daughter
in a small Galician town in this likable fantasy about a love triangle and
man's quest for the unobtainable.
This video provides a joyous journey through the culture and language
of Yiddish. Through interviews with author Leo Rosten and actors Herschel
Bernardi and David Steinberg, along with excerpts from Yiddish films, this
documentary evokes the pleasures of this unique language.