Poster for Yona Drugs, abortions, hospitalisations, this is the dramatic life story of Yona Wallach, Israel’s best-known poet, whose tragic life and wonderful work can be compared with those of Sylvia Plath. Her father’s death fueled her voice as a poet, and in constantly testing her boundaries, she suffered from a mental breakdown. Her struggle to resume writing and ‘attain immortality’ was a price she was willing to pay. Yona follows the dramatic life story of legendary Israeli poet, feminist, and advocate of bisexuality. A lone woman making her first steps in the realm of Hebrew poetry. It’s the early sixties and Wallach’s battle for recognition takes place in a male-dominated environment.

100 minutes
Nir Bergman

Shown at

  1. 24th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  2. Brussels Jewish Film Festival - 2016
  3. Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema - 2015
  4. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2015
  5. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2015
  6. Washington Jewish Film Festival - 2016

3 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Yona explores the life of a poet who turned madness into verse

    Nir Bergman’s biopic of Israeli writer Yona Wallach screens at this year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema.


  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Yona Fails to Capture the Essence of Real-Life Poet Yona Wallach

    Calling Yona a perfectly serviceable, by-the-book biopic for American audiences would be a stretch. The film focuses on a minor portion of a real person’s life while ignoring, or rather exploiting, certain things that make them interesting human beings and misrepresenting said person in the worst ways.


  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    An engrossing biopic

    ‘Yona,’ the story of a troubled poet, soars.


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