Broken Barriers (Khavah)

New York Jewish Film Festival


Sunday, January 19, 2020
12:30 – 2 pm

This 1919 silent is the first American film based on the same Sholem Aleichem stories as Fiddler on the Roof, but produced 50 years before the blockbuster musical. Unlike most adaptations of Aleichem’s work, Broken Barriers (Khavah) focuses not on Tevye the milkman, but on his daughter Khavah, who falls in love with the gentile boy Fedka and must navigate the reverberations from this with both her community and her family. A print of the film, long thought to be lost, was recently discovered by one of the producer’s great-granddaughters. The NYJFF will present the world premiere of the National Center for Jewish Film’s beautiful new restoration with live piano accompaniment by Donald Sosin.

World Premiere of the Restoration · Live Piano Accompaniment by Donald Sosin

Broken Barriers (Khavah), Charles Davenport, U.S., 1919, 76 min.

National Center for Jewish Film.