Shtetlers

USA, Russia2020documentary80'World Stories

A nostalgic story woven of the longing for the lost world of Jewish shtetls. The majority of their pre-war inhabitants have been living in the US and Israel for decades, but the memory of their forlorn homeland is still very much alive among them. They are not the only ones that cherish the memory of the past. There are people living near old shtetls who are trying not to forget about their former neighbours. They cultivate their traditions, prepare kosher meals or, as one protagonist does, decide to undergo conversion. Those who stayed share the yearning of those who left.

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directed by
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Katya UstinovaQ&A guest

Documentary filmmaker. She was born in Russia and lives in New York. For over a decade she had worked as a television producer and reporter until she started making documentary films. In 2012 she graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement in Social Documentary Film. “Shtetlers” (2020), which has won the Russian Laurel Branch for the best debut, is her first feature documentary debut.

cinematography
Katya Ustinova, Maxim Musiyan
animated by
Sashko Danylenko
music
Anna Drubich, Amit Cohen
sound
Serhii Avdieiev
editing
Katya Ustinova
production
Katya Ustinova
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Kadr z filmu Shtetlers