black and white image of a woman looking out toward the right and a man staring intensely at her
Thursday April 15
Film Discussion: "The Light Ahead/Fishke der Krumer" (1939)
4 to 5 p.m.

Register here.

Please note Texas is on Central Daylight Time.

Please note: This is not a film screening but a discussion of the film “The Light Ahead.” The film will be made available to registrants for 72 hours prior to the scheduled discussion.  To get the most out of the event, please register here and watch the film in advance. 

“The Light Ahead”/”Fishke the Lame” is a 1939 film based on the novel Fishke der krumer by one of the first modern Yiddish writers, S.Y. Abramovitch, 1836-1917 (aka Mendele Mokher Sforim).  The film was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer (1900-1972) and stars members of New York’s Artef and Yiddish Art Theaters.  Described by some critics as “shtetl dystopia,” the National Center for Jewish Film, the institution that oversaw its recent restoration, notes that “the shtetl denizens’ embrace of superstition over science and modernity amidst a cholera outbreak makes The Light Aheadespecially poignant for contemporary audiences.”


Dr. Itzik Gottesman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Germanic studies where he teaches courses in Yiddish language and culture, Jewish folklore, and the Jewish immigrant experience in America. He is the creator and curator of a more than decade-long online project called “Yiddish Song of the Week” that features rare field and home recordings of Yiddish folksingers.

If you would like to read more about the film, visit the National Center for Jewish Film

Image with credits:

From “The Light Ahead”/”Fishke der Krumer,” courtesy of The National Center for Jewish Film

Sponsored by: University of Texas Libraries & Kasman Family Lecture Series on East European Jewish Life and Culture