Mama’s Sidewalk Cafe

After the First World War, a Jewish immigrant mother (played by Sylvia Lennick) crusades against Ottawa's provincial atmosphere by setting up an illegal continental-style sidewalk cafe. Charged for breaking a by-law, the family struggles with the language and fears the gravity of having to confront a government official. An episode of CBC’s early drama anthology series On Camera, this gentle comedy—which includes sequences with the characters speaking Yiddish—is a lively and fascinating but rarely-screened cultural document. Leo Orenstein directs writer Mac Shoub’s adaptation of Ben Lappin’s original story. Also starring Jacob Reinglass, Alfie Scopp and Sammy Sales.

30 minutes
Leo Orenstein

Shown at

  1. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016

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