Black Honey, The Life And Poetry Of Avraham Sutzkever

Jerusalem Film Festival
Haifa Film Festival

As long as Abraham Sutzkever lived, he wouldn't let a film about his life be made. Today, eight years after his passing, Black Honey tells the incredible story of the greatest Yiddish poet of modern times. The man who led the Paper Brigade underground movement that saved Jewish manuscripts from the Nazis, survived the WWII due to Stalin sending him a private rescue plane, testified in the Nuremberg Trials, and immigrated to Israel in 1947 where he led Yiddish culture, while writing in astonishing vitality. This film is part of a special project, The Hebrews, dedicated to Jewish poets.

Director: Uri Barbash

Producer: Yair Qedar



Co Producer: Itay Barkan, Hadas Kalderon
Duration: 76 min.
Date of Release: 2018
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, English, Yiddish
Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Festivals & Awards

  • LA Israeli Film Festival, USA, 2018
    Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary

  • Cottbus International Film Festival, Germany , 2018

  • Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2018
    Yad VaShem Chairman's Award for Artistic Achievement in Holocaust related film

  • Haifa International Film Festival, 2018
    Special Mention Award - "Between Israeli and Jewish Identity" Competition

  • Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2019
    Winner, Special Award

  • Jewish Motifs International Film Festival, Poland, 2019

  • IMAJ - Israeli Film Festival, Belgium, 2019

  • Lund University, Sweden, 2019

  • Washington Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2019

  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2019

  • Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Germany, 2019

  • Filmpalette Köln, Germany, 2019

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