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Yippee! A Journey to Jewish Joy
Yippee! A Journey to Jewish JoySunday, September 9, 2012 2:00 pm
"When you wake up in the morning,
don’t kvetch. Say 'Yippee!'"
– Paul Mazursky
Directed by award-winning filmmaker, actor, and scriptwriter Paul Mazursky (Next Stop, Greenwich Village; An Unmarried Woman; Down and Out in Beverly Hills; Enemies: A Love Story), Yippee chronicles the director’s whirlwind journey to Uman, a small Ukrainian town that is the site of an annual gathering of tens of thousands of Hasidic Jewish men making Rosh Hashanah pilgrimages to the burial place of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav (1772–1810).
Yippee is an infectious road movie filled with electricity and awe. Mazursky is a funny, curious, and generous guide.
A post-screening discussion was led by Dr. Joshua Shanes.
Dr. Joshua Shanes is associate professor of Jewish Studies at the College of Charleston. A native of Chicago, he teaches and has published widely on Jewish cultural and political history.