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Eatala: A Life in Klezmer is a loving portrait of Elaine Hoffman Watts (her Yiddish name is "Eatala") and her family legacy. The documentary shows how a feisty and determined woman broke barriers as a musician, a working mother, and with her persistent devotion to her family's klezmer music. Drawing on performance footage, interviews, and family movies and photographs, Eatala shows how the klezmer tradition has been sustained over four generations in a single family, all with a good dose of humour and joy. Eatala features performances by Elaine Hoffman Watts, Susan Lankin Watts and an all-star klezmer band with Josh Dolgin, Jay Krush, Rachel Lemisch, Hankus Netsky, Henry Sapoznik, and Carmen Staaf.

Directed by Barry Dornfeld and Debora Kodish, 39 mins.


Eatala: A Life in Klezmer


A loving portrait of drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts and her incredible family legacy featuring performances and interviews.

Co-presented with the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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