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Streaming video

Title Four films by Robert Ascher
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (1 video file (21 min.)) : sound, color
Contents Cycle (5 min., 1986) -- Bar Yohai (6 min., 1987) -- Blue, a Tlingit odyssey (6 min., 1991) -- The Golem (4 min., 1995)
Summary This collection contains four animated films by writer, educator, and anthropologist Robert Ascher. These films were created using a technique called "direct animation" -- drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. Films in this compilation have been included in the permanent collection of Museum of Modern Art, the New Zealand National Art Gallery, the Jewish Museum, NYC, and the Israel Film Archive
Cycle: An animated film based on a non-sacred myth of the Wulamba, a native people of northeastern Australia, with soundtrack in Wulamba
Bar Yohai: Shimon Bar Yohai was a second century visionary who, according to popular belief, wrote the Zohar, the main Kabbalah text of the Jewish mystical tradition. The film's images are Kaballah figures for how the world began and keeps going. The last scene is composed from photographs taken on the roof of Bar Yohai's tomb during a celebration honoring him. The soundtrack was also recorded during a celebration of his life
Blue, a Tlingit odyssey: In nearly every known culture, there is a myth in which a hero ventures forth, discovers something of great value, and then returns home with his gift. Blue is a visual rendering of the Tlingit hero myth
The golem: Take some soil, knead it with water, and, together with a companion, chant certain combinations of the Hebrew alphabet. This formula, written down in the 3rd or 4th century, is essential for the creation of a golem, an artificial person. In this animated depiction of the creation of a golem, the soundtrack is derived from the earliest manual for golem making
Notes Soundtracks in various languages; credits in English
Online resource; title from Kanopy website (viewed January 4, 2022)
Subject Zohar.
Aboriginal Australians -- Mythology
Tlingit mythology.
short subjects.
Genre/Form Animated films.
Short films.
Courts m├ętrages.
Form Streaming video
Author Ascher, Robert, 1931-2014, film director.
Documentary Educational Resources (Firm), film distributor.
Kanopy (Firm), film distributor.
Other Titles Cycle
Bar Yohai
Blue, a Tlingit odyssey