Joann Sfar Draws from Memory
Joann Sfar Draws from Memory Previous Broadcasts
KQED 9: Sun, Jul 29, 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.
- KQED 9: Mon, Jul 30, 2012 -- 5:00 AM