The Wordmaker
Ish She'Ahav B'Ivrit

Israel, 1991, 90 minutes, color
Hebrew, English, French, and Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Eli Cohen
Produced by Noemi Ben Natan Schory

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Public Exhibition Formats: Beta, DVD

Selected Screenings
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Shusterman Institute for Israel Studies - Brandeis University
The Vilna Shul - Boston
Hebrew College
Cinema Arts Center - Huntington, NY
Israel Film Festival
Represented the Israel Broadcasting Authority in Prix-Italia

Synopsis
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At the beginning of the twentieth century, a language war raged in Palestine. The contenders: Yiddish, Russian, French, German, English and Hebrew, a language barely spoken for 2000 years. At stake: the national language of the Jewish homeland-in-the-making.

The Wordmaker tells the dramatic life story of Eliezer Ben-Yehuda who championed the cause of modern Hebrew. He was zealous and stubborn and had one driving passion: breathing life into the ancient biblical tongue. Denounced as a heretic, dismissed as a dreamer, this brilliant man pressed on tirelessly, often at the expense of family and health.

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Home Use DVD: $29.95

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Classroom/Library Use DVD: $195

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