The classic children’s song “Yossi, Smart Child of Mine” by Ayin Hillel first appeared in 1963 in an album by “HaTarnegolim” (The Roosters), and was soon published in a number of children’s books. Ever since then, the song has known numerous adaptations and performances indicating its popularity among children and its cultural influence. Generations of children have grown up to this song, and even today, more than fifty years since its release, their encounter with it remains sensational, thrilling, and emotionally stirring. Over the years, many have tried to interpret the song and figure out its charm, but it seems that most, if not all, have not succeeded in deciphering the song’s magic, which conveys naïveté and irony in the same breath. As part of the workshop, students from the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University created films inspired by this song. Each of them chose to relate to the song from a different perspective and offer it a personal interpretation.
Workshop facilitator: Eran Kolirin