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Director(s):Katya Ustinova
Running Time:80 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Premiere Status:Massachusetts


Shtetlers tells the secret story of small Jewish towns in the former Soviet Union. These towns, or shtetls as they were called, were once home to the largest Jewish population in the world. In those small and remote towns of the Soviet interior, hidden from the world outside of the Iron Curtain, the traditional Jewish life continued for decades after it disappeared everywhere else. The tight-knit communities supported themselves by providing goods and services to their non-Jewish neighbors. The religion, Yiddish language, folklore, and ritualized cooking were treasured and passed through the generations until recently.


Selection, Krakow Film Festival 2021

Selection, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival 2021


Live conversation with Katya Ustinova moderated by Deborah Kardon on Thursday November 18th at 7pm. Included with your ticket or pass.


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