Yiddish theatre emerged in the modern era in 1876, in a tavern in Jassy, Romania. By the 1930’s it reached the height of its popularity. Original plays, musicals and translations were performed internationally by hundreds of theatres. On the eve of WW II there were approximately 12 million Yiddish speakers around the world and hundreds of theatres. After the war only 7 million remained. Today there are less than 2 million speakers…and less than a dozen Yiddish theatres. Mending The Torn Curtain tells the moving story of the creation the first ever Montreal International Yiddish Theatre Festival – an in gathering of all the surviving Yiddish theatres from around the world for a week long celebration of theatre, cinema, music, outdoor events, learning exchanges, all with the aim of igniting a spark to light the flame for the future of Yiddish theatre and Yiddish culture and of promoting this legacy for future generations to come.

Mending The Torn Curtain is an entertaining film but also an excellent educational tool! Individuals, book stores, museum shops, local libraries as well as highly regarded universities like Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Brandeis and McGill have already added the film to their collections. Please consider adding it to yours by ordering your own copy today!