Schund is a delightful mockumentary that plays with the boundary between fact and fiction. It focuses on Michael Katzap, a renowned Yiddish actor who disappears under odd circumstances, leaving debts, rumours and a mysterious inscription on the door of his home reading “schund”. This word was used to refer to second-rate Yiddish popular theatre, which flourished in Israel during the country’s early decades; significantly, it was more successful than the floundering Hebrew theatre because it catered to the unassimilated newcomers of Eastern European origin. Schund captures the era and spirit of this lowbrow but vibrant Yiddish theatre scene, as well as its charming and colourful performers, who struggled to become accepted as legitimate actors.

56 minutes

Shown at

  1. 19th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2011

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