When sign language becomes slam poetry the body is the text. Deaf student Aneta Brodski is an immigrant from Israel to Queens,NY. She discovers ASL poetry and finds a friend and collaborator in Palestinian-American slam poet Tahani. It all comes together in the moving doc Deaf Jam playing at this year’s Toronto Jewish Film Fest. Shtetl speaks with director Judy Lieff.
Also on the show, New Yorker Jake Marmer: The Jazz Talmudist, and Canadian poet and media artist Adeena Karasik (check out her tongue and cheek spoken word video: I love Osama). These two hot wordsmiths will be giving a Jewish poetry workshop this year at Klez Kanada in the Laurentians. Poets, get your quills sharpened!
Plus, music by Doc Pomus one of rock ‘n roll’s legendary songwriters. He wrote his musical poetry for Elvis, Ray Charles, the Drifters and many many more.
Why Must I be a Teenager in Love; Dion and the Belmonts (written by Doc Pomus).
Lonely Avenue; Ray Charles (written by Doc Pomus).
Save the Last Dance for Me; Damita Jo (written by Doc Pomus).
I Got a Crush on Osama by Adeena Karasick
Mishna of Visions by Jake Marmer and Frank London
Born on a Mountain; Corinna Rose