Welcome to Iowa Public Television! If you are seeing this message, you are using a browser that does not support web standards. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Read more on our technical tips page.

Iowa Public Television

 

Joann Sfar Draws from Memory

Joann Sfar Draws from Memory

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. JOANN SFAR DRAWS FROM MEMORY 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. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

PBS Video

Program Description: 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. JOANN SFAR DRAWS FROM MEMORY 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.

View All Episodes »

All Upcoming Episodes

There are no broadcasts currently planned. Please check back for future broadcast dates.

View All Episodes »

« Back to Programs A-Z