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.