Renowned American-born, Jerusalem-based poet Shirley Kaufman gives an electrifying reading of her new work, a contemplation of longing and the nature of true seeing. The elegiac poem (“wheels and their turnings/can the mind provide/what the eye will/never”) is inspired by Kaufman's struggle with loss of sight as eye surgery left her experiencing visions like those of the exiled prophet Ezekiel.
Producer, director, writer Deborah Kaufman was Founder and Director of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, the first, largest, and most prestigious Jewish film showcase in the world. She has been a programmer and board member of the multicultural Living Room Festival of Bay Area public television station KQED. She organized numerous seminars on Black/Jewish relations and ethnic stereotypes in film as well as film programs on intergroup relations. She has produced numerous short videos and a music video. She has been a consultant for film and video productions and a board member for multicultural arts and video organizations, including the Los Angeles Festival.,