King of the Jews (Melech Ha’Yehudim)

, 2014

Official Selection, Docaviv 2014

By the age of 30 he was crowned Israel’s national poet, affectionately known as The King of The Jews. When he died in 1934, 100,000 people attended his funeral in Tel Aviv. But who was Chaim Nachman Bialik? This documentary, narrated by Chaim Topol (Fiddler on the Roof) puts Bialik’s poetry at the centre of this loving investigation. This documentary also looks at the role Bialik played in the collective Israeli consciousness and his influence on founding the burgeoning Jewish state. Beautifully animated, and put to music in songs sung by renowned Israeli singer, Ninette, this portrayal of the life, art and influence of Bialik is as beautiful and profound as any of this great artist’s poems.

SCREENING WITH SHORT FILM What Do We Have in Our Pockets?

56 mins/ Hebrew (English Subtitles)

Director — Yair Qedar

Category — Storytellers (Maggids)