Efraim Sevela

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Efraim Sevela (Russian: Эфраим Севела, Hebrew: אפרים סבלה‎‎, pen-name of Efim Evelevich Drabkin – Russian: Ефим Евелевич Драбкин; March 8, 1928, Babruysk, Mahilyow Voblast, Belarus – August 18, 2010) was a Soviet writer, screenwriter, director, producer, who after his emigration from the Soviet Union lived in Israel, USA and Russia.

Efraim Sevela was born to Jewish parents. His father was an officer. He was evacuated from the frontline in 1941. After the school Sevela was admitted into the Belarusian State University and became a screenwriter for many Soviet patriotic films. At the end of the 1960s, Sevela joined the Jewish Soviet dissidents and took part in the capture of the main office of the head of the Soviet government in 1971. Sevela was expatriated to Israel. Aссording to his own words, the 45-year-old Sevela participated in the Yom Kippur War where he was wounded. In 1977 he left Israel for the United States. Efraim Sevela worked and lived in many cities such as London, Paris, and West Berlin.

In 1990 Efraim Sevela came back to the USSR and started filming very successful movies based on his works.



  • Annushka (1959)
  • Nashi sosedi (1957)
  • Krepkiy oreshek (1967)
  • Goden k nestroevoy (1968)


  • Kolysanka (1986) Lullaby, Kolybelnaja
  • Popugay, govoryashchiy na idish (1990) Попугай, говорящий на идиш (Soviet Union: Russian title) The Parrot Speaking Yiddish
  • Noyev kovcheg (1992) Ноев ковчег (Russia) Noah's Ark
  • Blagotvoritelnyy bal (1993) Благотворительный бал (Russia) Charity ball
  • Belye dyuny (1996) The White Dunes


  • Noyev kovcheg (1992) Ноев ковчег (Russia) Noah's Ark



  • Monya Tsatskes (Monya Cackes [1])
  • We Were Not Like Other People.
  • Farewell, Israel!
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Legends From Invalid Street
  • Truth is for Strangers
  • Why There is no Heaven on Earth
  • Odessa-Mama 2003

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