Set in the twenty-four hours before the Nazi invasion of Ukraine, SHTTL tells a story about life, love and hope set in an unnamed Yiddish Ukrainian village at the border of Poland. Amid communal tensions between tradition and modernity.

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Audience Award Winner, Rome Film Festival 2022

Photographed in a shtetl that the production team constructed outside of Kyiv, this single-shot film is entirely in Yiddish. Set in the twenty-four hours before the Nazi invasion of Ukraine, SHTTL tells a story about life, love and hope set in an unnamed Yiddish Ukrainian village at the border of Poland. Amid communal tensions between tradition and modernity, two young men are fighting over a woman they both desire to marry. The cast features some native Yiddish speakers, including Saul Rubinek. With its focus on life rather than death, it is a tribute to those who perished.

In-person Guest Actor Saul Rubinek

Reviews:

“A towering, single-take masterpiece of the lives we’ve lost … A keenly observed, deeply cathartic movie” Slash Film

“‘SHTTL’ is already one of the year’s best films … It is a film that deserves a viewing on the loftiest screen available. This film left me breathless.” Reel News Daily

Presented by:

A Kultura Collective Member

In Partnership with:

The Committee for Yiddish of UJA Federation, Ashkenaz Festival

Start Date: June 11, 2023

Closing Date: June 14, 2023

JUNE 11, 1:00 PM
IN-PERSON
HOT DOCS TED ROGERS CINEMA

JUNE 13 – JUNE 14
ONLINE
TJFF VIRTUAL CINEMA

Virtual / In-Person

506 Bloor St W, Toronto

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Box office opens May 11

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