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Joann Sfar Draws from Memory Previous Broadcasts

KQED Life: Sat, Aug 4, 2012 -- 11:00 PM

At just 39 years old, the prolific Joann Sfar has published 150 graphic novels, including the French best-seller Rabbi's Cat and the New York Times best-seller Little Vampire, and recently crossed over into feature films with Gainsbourg: Vie Heroique and the adaptation of Rabbi's Cat. This program tracks the graphic artist's odyssey through the Algerian and Eastern-European Jewish heritage that serves as the wellspring of his work. Filmed over a two-year period, the camera follows the passionate and perceptive Sfar around his adopted home of Paris - observing the artist at work and capturing his thoughts on family life, Algeria's past, creativity and his improvisatory method, the inspiration for his alter-ego cat and his dislike of being pigeonholed as a "Jewish" artist. A 10-minute prologue offers a chronological history of the comic book and places Sfar within this 75-year artistic tradition.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED 9: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 -- 6:00 PM
  • KQED Life: Sun, Aug 5, 2012 -- 5:00 AM
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