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Audio: Hollywood Director Turns Jerusalem Struggle into Graphic Novel

A Hollywood filmmaker's poignant illustrated novel about Jewish life in 1940's Jerusalem.
1/2/2014, 10:36 PM

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Boaz Yakin is known for American Hollywood movies such as Remember the Titans and Fresh. Now he has a released a graphic novel together with illustrator Nick Bertozzi entitled Jerusalem: A Family Portrait.

The illustrated book is based on his own family's experiences living in Jerusalem during the 1940's including his parents and his uncle Ezra Yakhin, who fought with the anti-British underground movement Lohamei Herut Yisrael, or Fighters for the Freedom of Israel. However another relative was an avowed communist. Difficult historical events such as the Deir Yassin incident mix with a struggling family's personal drama. Find out how this Jewish-American director pieced it all together.

Plus, great new music from Yehuda Leuchter, 15-year-old Shmuel Perednik, NACHAS, and Yishai Saks

Also, what topped the 20 most viewed Wikipedia pages in Hebrew? Arik Einstein, Eyal Golan and two Israeli TVs shows, Hashminiyah and Galis. Tune in for more.

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Excerpt from Jerusalem: A Family Portrait courtesy of First Second Books.

Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit http://IsraelBeat.blogspot.com
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