Born and bred in China, Yiyun Li writes in English and has a deep affinity for Jewish writers because “they always write about the lowest, most tragic events in life, but they’re always very funny.”
As Norman Cohn will tell you now, he believes that the Jews and the Eskimos are the longest tribal survivors in history. But it’s a shared trait that the New York Jewish pioneer video artist had not considered until he found a spiritual home, and community work, among the Inuit people of Igloolik in the Canadian Arctic.
Empathy for the plight of Israel’s Ethiopian immigrants animates a film that won first prize at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 2000 and that opens today at New York’s Quad Cinema. Dan Wolman, an Israeli film director with childhood roots in Ethiopia and years of TV work there, explores their problems in “Foreign