The Muses of Bashevis Singer

Many books, biographies and articles have been written about the life and work of Isaac Bashevis Singer. An exclusive discovery of the filmmakers brings to light a hitherto unknown chapter of his life. In the mid 1960's Bashevis Singer established an army of female translators - more than forty women - who helped spread his work. He chose his translators carefully, was inspired by their presence, often falling in love with them. Nine of the women who were intimately familiar with the man and work are still here. Theirs will be the only voices heard in the film, as they allow us a glimpse into his complex personality and personal life.

70 minutes
Shaul Betser, Asaf Galay

Shown at

  1. 14th Annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  2. 20th Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. 20th Denver Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  4. 23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  5. 23rd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. 25th Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  7. 26th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  8. 8th Annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series - 2015
  9. Ames-Azalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  10. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  11. Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  12. Boston Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  13. Boulder Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  14. Houston Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  15. Jewish International Film Festival (Australia) - 2015
  16. JFilm Festival (Pittsburgh) - 2015
  17. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  18. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  19. Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  20. San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  21. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2016

1 Response

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    A Harem of Translators: Isaac Bashevis Singer at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

    The 72-minute documentary is called The Muses of Isaac Bashevis Singer, but it could just as easily and more aptly been titled A Harem Full of Translators. That line comes from Singer himself, who, we learn at the beginning of this unusual film, dreamed of having a harem of women, specifically noting that “a harem full of translators would be heaven on earth.”

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