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Classic Film: Hester Street

Date: October 11, 2018Time: 2:00 pm
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Classic Film:  Hester Street
Thursday, October 11 • 2 PM
Cedar Lee Theatre
Director: Joan Micklin Silver • 1975 • USA • Yiddish/with English subtitles • 89 min
Drama

Set in 1896, Russian-Jewish immigrant Yankel moves to New York’s Lower East Side searching for a better life for himself and his family. Yankel quickly assimilates, finds a job as a tailor, adopts a new name (“Jake”), and a “real American gal,” Mamie. But when his wife, Gitl (Carol Kane), and son, Yossele, come to America, he tries to shed his new girlfriend and Americanize Gitl and Yossele. A timeless, sharply observed, and poignant re-creation of Jewish life at the turn of the 20th century.

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