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Another Full House - so another screening Sunday 18 February

February 5, 2018


Thank you Cape Town for your warm and wonderful response to the Premiere and re-screening of Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin at the Labia Theatre!  Noo that means we will have to show it again on Sunday 18 February at 7:00pm. Click here to book.


Here is some audience feedback:

  • You can be really proud. It's a moving and excellently edited doccie. The weave of young and old voices and the sweep of scorching emotions tells the story powerfully. My attention and focus didn't lapse for  a moment. You thread it together seamlessly from start to finish in your own narrative.

  • Huge audience tonight again. I really hope it gets international recognition. It's a real jewel and brought back memories of some of the festivals I attended. I can't believe you stopped in 2010 it seemed like last year. I’m sure people loved it tonight by the applause after.

  • I found myself crying as I watched some of the song sequences. The cigarettes, the burning of the village with the overseas singer and the song of the grandfather. I loved Hal's song of the Ten Tap Dancing Rabbis from Minsk!

  • Congrats!!!! Excellent doc and a wonderful mitzvah!


What comes across is an appreciation of  the performances and the way that song transcends language.  


A song has an uncanny way of taking you into your own space and reconnecting you to a personal time and place. You realise that it might be Yiddish song, but it also has a broader and more universal appeal, as the song remembers when....


Megan Furniss writes: This tiny movie, with interviews and recordings of songs from the concerts, tells the story of the rebirth of interest in Yiddish, and through it all I felt the longing and nostalgia for my grandparents’ home, up the hill from The Labia...


YES!  Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin is not only about celebrating the 10 years of the Yiddish Song Festival, it's also about taking that story forward.


Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin relocates Yiddish song. The film shows how the songs were embraced by young and old.  You are reminded of the migration of Eastern European culture and its effect on Broadway and beyond. 


Come and reconnect or be introduced to the potency of Yiddish Song, at the re-screening of Leah, Teddy & the Mandolin at The Labia. And then share your impressions with us. 


WHEN: 7:00pm on Sunday 18 February 2018               


WHERE: The Labia, Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town 8001


TICKETS: R60 through Webtickets or at Pick n Pay Money/Info Counters







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