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As portrayed in the biopic Yona, poet Yona Wallach was a literary rock star—extroverted, openly bisexual, and prone to public feuds with her contemporaries. She was also mentally ill, and at a few points in her life, she was institutionalized; during at least one stay she served as a guinea pig for psychological experiments involving LSD. Yona, which screens at this year’s Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, dramatizes her life from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Like such artist biopics as Lust for Life and An Angel at My Table, the movie suggests that Wallach used her art to channel her chaotic experience, and that the power of her verse sprang from her emotional need. Continue reading >>



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