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It Sounds Better in Amharic
Performer and Writer: Yossi Vassa | Director and Writer: Shay Ben Attar | Translator: Howard Rypp
2016 | Hebrew and English with English Subtitles | 60 Minutes
Founded as Canada’s first professional Jewish theater in 1978, Nephesh Theatre, now based in Tel Aviv, produce plays in repertory throughout Israel in Hebrew and English. Their works reflect a plurality of beliefs and emphasize common bonds between different communities within Israeli society.
At age eight and a half, Yossi Vassa, born Anda Argi, left his village in northern Ethiopia with his parents, brothers, and grandmother for a year-long trek to Israel, by foot, by donkey, and by plane as part of Operation Moses.
In his intimate, touching, and funny one-man show, Vassa blends memoir, stand-up, and incisive social observations to share the pains and opportunities of immigration, integration, and identity, particularly as a Black Jew in Israel.
Covering dating, education, immigration, television programming, choosing a new name, and more, It Sounds Better in Amharic is a humorous search for a harmony amongst differences as well as commonalities.