Covenant Cafe - A Lens on Israel: A Society Through Its Cinema
A Lens on Israel: A Society Through Its Cinema.
Presenting Professor Eric Goldman
2014 Covenant Cafe
Tuesday's, January 7, 14, 21
Cost: Includes coffee and dessert
$18 per week.
$50 for the full three-week series
Early Bird Registration! $40 for the three-week series if registration is completed by December 22, 2013
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Send checks made payable to 'Larchmont Temple.'
About the series:
Israeli movies provide an intimate insight into Israel’s birth, growth and development as a country. The cinema gives us an ideal “lens” by which we gain a greater understanding of Israel’s history, culture and the challenges to its existence. In this mini-course, Dr. Eric Goldman will examine the changing nature of Israeli society as reflected through its cinema.
1. Building A State: The notion that the land could be “reclaimed” and those pioneers doing the work would be “built up” by the experience were dominant images in the films that preceded Israel’s establishment as well as in the immediate years that followed. Images of camels, desert swamp cleansing and romantic visuals of Arabs were fixed in these early films.
2. The Middle Years: The introduction of the “bourekas” film that pitted Ashkenazi Israeli next to Sephardi Israeli captured a period in Israel’s history when it was faced with the difficult issues of immigration, absorption and assimilation. This period was followed by a “grown-up” period when Israel wanted to be just like any other Western nation and the films, as the country itself, were impacted by the New Wave culture and filmmaking that had taken hold in Europe. The Six Day and Yom Kippur Wars would change that!
3. Coming of Age: In search of its national identity, Israel struggled with the Palestinian conflict by producing numerous films about Jews and Arabs in romantic relationships. With the Oslo Accords, these films all but ceased and Israeli filmmakers began identifying societal issues that became the subject of an increasingly more sophisticated cinema. Over the last decade, the variety of issues tackled onscreen and the quality of work has drawn the world’s attention (and that of the Oscars).