The Poetic Life of Avrom Sutzkever


26 January 2020, 8pm

BLACK HONEY — The Poetic Life of Avrom Sutzkever, Israel, Documentary, 2018, 76 min

In Hebrew, Yiddish, and English with English subtitles.

I can’t recall the last time I saw a documentary with as many people crying onscreen as there are in Black Honey, a new documentary on the life and work of the great Yiddish poet Avraham Sutzkever. I suppose this shouldn’t be surprising for a film about a Holocaust survivor, except that none of the crying is about the Holocaust. It’s about what came after, the compromises and concessions that remain unspoken even in this wonderfully wordy film. And that’s what makes Black Honey so phenomenally powerful and, perhaps unintentionally, uncomfortable.”

Dara Horn, Jewish Review of Books

Admission free — donations welcome!