We Played On
"We Played On" is the latest documentary by filmmaker Rebecca Albeck, produced by Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library, celebrating 110 years of continuous Yiddish theatre, language and cultural programs.
Client: Jewish Cultural Centre / National Library
Executive Producer: Isaac Apel
Director: Rebecca Albeck
Cinematographer: Victor Tadashi Suarez
Additional Cinematographer: Hossein Khodabandehloo
Editor: Ben Eriksen / Rebecca Albeck
Assistant Editor: Esther Justin
Music: Gideon Preiss / Alan Spiljak / Irene Tomi Kalinski
Post Sound: Music and Effects
Story & History Consultant: Arnold Zable
Artwork: Rafael Gurvich
Stranded in Australia mid-world tour as the war broke out, two stars of Europe’s renowned Yiddish theatre companies found themselves stuck in ek velt (the end of the world).
Surrounded by a bunch of passionate amateurs who formed the lifeblood of the David Herman Theatre Group at the Kadimah, Rachel Holzer and Jacob Waislitz propelled Yiddish theatre in Melbourne to new heights. The company became a stage phenomenon that spanned more than five decades and forged Melbourne’s legacy as one of the world’s most vibrant centres for Yiddish culture.
Surviving the ravages of the Holocaust, the players formed a tight circle, with all the camaraderie, drama and intimacy of a theatre troupe together with the close bonds of family. Most of all, they gave their audiences a longed-for taste of home.