She died more than four decades ago, but even today, Leah Goldberg is still a magnetic and enigmatic figure – she is Israel’s most beloved poet, a powerful woman who lived with her mother and never married, a woman who invented herself from the ashes of World War I through her magical poetry. The film is a cinematic fantasy in five acts, using animation, after-effects, archival material, still photos, original music and interviews that weave the fascinating story of Leah Goldberg.
Director & Producer: Yair Qedar. Cinematographer: Daniel Kedem. Editor: Ayelet Ofarim. Soundtrack Editor: Aviv Aldema. Original Soundtrack: Eli Sorani. Musicians: MC, is MC a different singer from Karolina? Karolina. Narration: Michal Bat-Adam, Yigal Sadeh. Script: Yair Qedar, Ayelet Ofarim. Supporters: The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Israeli Television and Radio Authority. DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, winner of the Original Score and Music awards at the Israeli Documentary Film Awards, 2011. ISRAEL 2011. 52 minutes. Hebrew. Subtitles: Hebrew, English.
Fascinating in its beauty and depth, Eyal Levy, Maariv/ The wonderful birthday gift that Goldberg could have wished for herself, Itai Segal, Yedioth Ahronoth/ A beautiful little work, Ariana Melamed, Ynet/ The real woman behind the myth of Leah Goldberg, Nirit Anderman, Haaretz/ Intelligent, sensitive and interesting, Molly Shapira, Entertainment Today/ Yair Qedar embroidered [a narrative] from the tumultuous memories of this gifted poetess, Guy Zohar, Channel 10
Here I will not hear the voice of the cuckoo./ Here the tree will not wear a cape of snow./ But it is here in the shade of these pines/ my whole childhood reawakens.// The chime of the needles: Once upon a time –/ I called the snow-space homeland,/ and the green ice at the river’s edge -/ was the poem’s grammar in a foreign place.// Perhaps only migrating birds know -/suspended between earth and sky -/ the heartache of two homelands.// With you I was transplanted twice,/ with you, pine trees, I grew -/ roots in two disparate landscapes.