Festivals & Awards

The Israeli academy award - Best documentary 1999
Haifa International Film Festival 1999 - The Best documentary
DocAviv Documentary Film Festival 2000 - Best Editing Prize
Palm Springs International Film Festival 2002 - Most Favorite Documentary
The Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2001
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2001
The Montreal Jewish Film Festival 2001
The New London Jewish Film Festival (closing film) 2001
The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2001

The Komediant

A funny-sad story that unveils the life and career of Yiddish actor, Pasach Burstein, and his family.

Documentary, 85 min
Video, Beta SP
Language: English, Yiddish, Hebrew
Subtitles: English, French


Directed by - Arnon Goldfinger
Produced by - Amir Harel, Arnon Goldfinger
Script by - Oshra Schwartz

In participation with
Lama Films, The National Authority of Yiddish Culture, Keshet, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts – Cinema Project, The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Avraham Lerner Foundation, The memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture

Director of Photography - Yoram Millo
Sound - Tomer Ilan
Editor - Einat Glaser - Zarhin


The sad and funny saga of the of the famous theater family - the Bursteins, sheds light on the short, stormy but also charming history of the popular Yiddish theatre.

The Bursteins, and other past celebrities of the Yiddish theatre tell bittersweet stories and anecdotes from the heyday of the Yiddish theatre, down to its tragic decline, in the aftermath of the holocaust.