… New Yorkers.
There are three films, done and in the making alike, I recommend you to look out for.
Dany Boon’s Welcome to the Sticks (Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis) was a smash hit in Europe in 2008/09. People all over the continent loved watching the personal malheurs of several post office employees in the very north of France and their transferred-from-the-south superviser in their quest for love, friendship, contentment and domestic inter-cultural understanding. There’s an English version available with subtitles, but if you know French, it’ll be so much more fun – treat yourself.
Dany Boon is a French comedian and director of Algerian ancestry. He converted to Judaism in 2002. Some of you might know him from his appearance on Merry Christmas / Joyeux NoÃ«l, the Academy Award-nominated film on the Christmas Truce of 1914.
Heather Quinlan’s currently working on If These Knishes Could Talk, a documentary on NY accents. Take a look at the site. It’s pretty intriguing.
If you know any genuine New Yorker with an accent to treasure, pass on the info.
Finally, there is The Wandering Muse,
a multi-platform project in development that explores the vibrant array of musical interpretations of Jewish identity. A quest to discover the nomadic soul in a borderless world of harmonies, dance and song, it’s a celebration of the ever-changing music of the Jewish Diaspora.