REFRAMING STREISAND is a Birds’ Eye View: Reclaim the Frame film tour celebrating Barbra Streisand’s contribution to cinema through her ever-popular musicals and musical dramas and exploring her status as a misunderstood superstar, powerhouse producer/director and cultural icon. Reclaim The Frame is a UK-wide 10 city mission bringing ever-greater audiences to films by women through events, celebration and conversation.
“Nothing mattered to me except getting this movie made.” – Barbra Streisand
As much as musicals put women at the forefront, it’s rare to see one directed by a woman, but Barbra Streisand’s Yentl is a key exception. Directed, co-written and co-produced by its lead star, Yentl also earned Streisand the honour of becoming the first – and so far only – woman to receive a Golden Globe for directing. Even though Streisand was at the height of her fame when making Yentl, she had to fight for a decade to make it a reality.
Yentl sees Streisand portraying a young woman living in an Ashkenazi shtetl named Pechev in Poland in 1904. Desperate to receive an education in Talmudic Law before her father dies, she decides to dress and live like a man and enters a religious school in Bychawa, falling for a fellow student along the way.
Join Mia Bays, Birds’ Eye View Director-At-Large and Oscar winning producer, film critics/broadcasters Jason Solomans (BBC radio London) and Anna Smith (Time Out) and Rabbi Elli Tikvah Sarah, Rabbi of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue, for a post-screening discussion on Yentl’s themes, on Streisand and more.
Reframing Streisand is part of BFI Musicals! The Greatest Show on Screen, a UK-wide film season supported by National Lottery, BFI Film Audience Network and ICO.