She published her first book of poetry at the age of 53 and became a prominent figure in the field of Hebrew Literature. Niece of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Zelda lived alone in Jerusalem, writing poems on assorted pieces of paper, surrounded by a small court of lovers and admirers. Through never- before-seen archival footage and meetings with her lovers and her friends (among them Amos Oz and singer Chava Alberstein), the film sketches a portrait of the first religious female poet in the Hebrew canon.
Director, writer and producer: Yair Qedar. Music: Avi Belleli. Cinematography: Yaniv Linton. Editor: Ayala Bengad. Sound design: Aviv Aldema. Colorist: Yoav Raz. Supporters: Channel 1, Makor Foundation, the Israel Film Service, the Avi Chai Foundation. Official selection of the Jerusalem Film Festival and winner of the prize for “Jewish Experience” in 2015. ISRAEL 2015. 56 minutes. Hebrew. Subtitles: English, Spanish, Greek.
A new and very beautiful film. . . Artistic documentary, Dror Burstein, Haaretz / Zohar be’or yekarot, Beit Avi Chai / Special and poignant delicacy, Eli Hirsch, Yedioth Ahronoth / Zelda: The Forgotten Poet the Public Insisted on Remembering, Makor Rishon.
Each of us has a name/ given by God/ and given by our parents// Each of us has a name/ given by our stature and our smile/ and given by what we wear// Each of us has a name/ given by the mountains/ and given by our walls// Each of us has a name given by the stars/ and given by our neighbors// Each of us has a name/ given by our sins/ and given by our longing