Till death do us part

“Yair said he wanted to do something connected to being an orphan and I said that maybe we should do something like a mass shivah (mourning event), whereby, in fact, everyone is mourning.”

March 27, 2019 16:35
Till death do us part

WRITER-FILMMAKER Yair Agmon: Hopeful that Orphans’ Evening will impact positively on those left behind.. (photo credit: RAYA SHUSTER)


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There is the natural order and the unnatural way. 

Yair Agmon is fully aware of the accepted life-death progression, whereby the parent passes on before their offspring. However, as the 31-year-old writer-filmmaker points out, that does not mean we are not at liberty not only to mourn the death of a parent, but to also seek solace and support for handling their absence from our lives.
That, in a nutshell, is the theme of a slot at the forthcoming Literature Season, which will take place at Beit Avi Chai April 1 to 4. The biennial festival focuses on Israeli prose and poetry and next week’s program takes in intriguing confluences between music and the written word; a look at offerings by newcomers to authorship; and there will be a salute to Amos Oz, one of our most celebrated writers, who passed away last December at the age of 79. Gender also comes into the literary fray when critic-journalist Moria Kor joins forces with singer-songwriter Anat Malamud for an interdisciplinary look at female contributions to textual works.
The participant roster reads like a Who’s Who of the local literary bunch, including such leading lights as Tzruya Shalev, Yehudit Katzir, Haim Be’er and Rivka Miriam, while the pop-rock-folk musical bill features the stellar likes of Dikla, Yaron Pe’er, Karni Postel, Noam Rotem and Ruth Dolores Weiss.
The sessions, over the course of the four expansive days, take in a wide range of topics, including the current state of literary critique, an educated glance at one of Oz’s most lauded works, The Same Sea; a foray into a new contribution by one of the younger crowd, 32-year-old poet Alex Rif; and there will be something of a nod in the direction of the upcoming general election with the “Counting Votes” spot, in which 74-year-old author Haim Be’er chats with journalist Ariel Horovitz about the fateful choices made by writers during the course of their work, and about how writers and politics mix. Pop singer Merav Hellinger will provide a musical interlude betwixt the learned dialogue.


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