"GIMPEL THE FOOL RETURNS TO POLAND" directed by Howard Rypp. Close-up of a man standing behind a fence looking anxiously ahead.
Film poster for "GIMPEL THE FOOL RETURNS TO POLAND". Close-up of a man standing behind a fence looking anxiously ahead.
"GIMPEL THE FOOL RETURNS TO POLAND" directed by Howard Rypp. Close-up of a man standing behind a fence looking anxiously ahead.
Film poster for "GIMPEL THE FOOL RETURNS TO POLAND". Close-up of a man standing behind a fence looking anxiously ahead.
The film follows the tour of the play Gimpel the Fool throughout Poland and explores anti-semitism there before and during the Holocaust as well as today

GIMPEL THE FOOL RETURNS TO POLAND

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EXCEPTIONAL MERIT - Documentaries without Borders Festival | FINALIST, BEST DOCUMENTARY AND BEST DIRECTING - FilmHaus Festival | BEST DOCUMENTARY - Punta Del Estes Jewish Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Nashville Jewish Film Festival | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival

Antisemitism • Holocaust • Yiddish Culture • Jewish Theatre


Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 51 minutes​​ | Language: English & Polish with Spanish subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript Director & Producer: Howard Rypp | Co-Writers: Howard Wiseman & Howard Rypp Featuring: B Singer & Witold Dabrowski 

GIMPEL THE FOOL RETURNS TO POLAND chronicles the tour of the mono-drama based on Singer’s classic story which has inspired audiences throughout the world. It chronicles the journey to different towns that Singer wrote about, while tracing the escape Singer made before the Holocaust until finally finding refuge in America. It also attempts to reconcile the past with the present by confronting the incongruities inherent in modern day Poland.

 Hadas Laor Ashur
"A fascinating, artistic and effective combination blending four mediums - literature and history, theater and cinema. Howard Rypp plays both fictional and realistic roles in the film, from the past and and present, brilliantly presents a dialogue between the Jewish world before the Holocaust and the physical evidence left after from the Holocaust - but more importantly, he brings the viewers together with the manifestations of anti-Semitism alive in Poland today, as well as with their attempts at denial. The film has added value, as it allows young audiences to get to know the great writer Yitzhak Bashevis Singer, and to become familiar with basic concepts in Jewish and general culture. A poetic work, yet poignant and contemporary, and undoubtedly provoking discussion".