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The Dybbuk. A Tale of Wandering Souls

Poland, Sweden, Ukraine 2015 dir. Krzysztof Kopczyński 86 min

Date of show:



2:00 PM


Europejskie Centrum Solidarności

  • Director: Krzysztof Kopczyński

Every year thousands of Hassids from 70 states visit the grave of Reb Nachman in Uman, Ukraine. The tzadik promised the salvation for every Jew, who would prey, dance and sing on his grave during Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year. Nachman encouraged his students to speak to God as to a friend, to prey joyfully and honestly. The Hasids follow the will of their beloved tzadik happily – they celebrate their rites enthusiastically and vigorously. The crowds of Hasids that visit Uman every year are the pillars of local economy, but not everyone is happy with their presence. The right-wing residents act against the outlanders and accuse local authorities of corruption and selling out to Hasids. A huge crucifix, the symbol of their discontent, rises on the slope, over the pond in which numerous Hasids perform a ritual cleansing every year.

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