Malkah is just a little kid when her father tries to teach her to read Torah. But they don’t get very far. As Malkah reads aloud, her questions multiply. They take her on a lifelong journey deeper and deeper into Jewish mystical texts, far off places, encounters with ancient gods, and ultimately into the nature of existence itself. Malkah discovers an earlier, hidden creation story right inside the one offered on the surface of Genesis.

Cast: Mira Z. Amiras, Charlie Varon

Director: Mira Z. Amiras

Writer: Mira Z. Amiras

Illustration: Josh Baum

Animation: Sam Baum

Music: Yair Dalal

Sound: Jeremiah Moore

Animation Producer: Mike Jennings

Genre: Drama, Animation, Short

Language: English, some Hebrew

Runtime: 37 minutes

Subtitles: English

Production: Something Will Emerge Productions

Country of Production: USA

Director’s Statement:
Most of my career has focused on the Middle East and North Africa. But since childhood I’ve been hounded by letters of the Hebrew aleph-bet and other ancient alphabets of the Near East to tell their stories. This movie is the result, along with the books, “Malkah’s Notebook: A Journey into the Mystical Aleph-Bet” and the book of sources, “Crumbling Old Books in the Dusty Old Library (if you care to slip between the covers).”