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LAYKA Lens is Yiddishkayt’s film + conversation series that takes place in both live and virtual spaces. We curate films that connect to the cultural heritage of Central and Eastern Europe, while also speaking to the present moment. Watch our film selection in advance, then join us for a live-streamed, unscripted conversation with some of the country’s top critics, scholars, and artists. This cultural series is curated in partnership with the Los Angeles Review of Books.
The LAYKA Lens film series is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

The Latest Lens | January 2022

Born Yesterday

George Cukor, USA, 1950

For the next installment in the LAYKA series, join us on Wednesday, January 13 at 8 pm Eastern / 5 pm Pacific as we take a look at George Cukors’s 1950 adaptation of Garson Kanin’s hit play, BORN YESTERDAY.

Born Yesterday tells the story of brassy blonde moll Billie, who finds herself in Washington, D.C. with Harry, her uncouth junkyard millionaire boyfriend, and his sleazy lawyer, who have come to buy a senator for their unscrupulous dealings. In an effort to make Billie more socially acceptable, Harry hires a journalist (William Holden) to “smarten” her up…


Up next in our LAYKA Lens series is George Cukor’s delightful Born Yesterday (1950).

Join us, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and our esteemed panel on January 13, 2022 as we discuss this film. You can stream Born Yesterday on any of your favorite streaming platforms before we meet and then join us on our Facebook or YouTube for the live conversation.

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