From Black and White to Colors: Israeli Cinema, a Melting Pot Fragmented|
Spring 2021 not offered
The course will focus on Israeli cinema as a reflection of a society that was founded as a melting pot for all Jews and became sectorial. Israeli cinema originated as a tool for establishing a unified national identity evolved over the years into a means of expression for ethnically defined subcultures within society. During the course, the students will explore past and contemporary films and will follow the shift they represent in the current Israeli experience turning away from the original Zionist core into several isolated groups distinguished by ethnicity, traditions, and language. We will examine Moroccan, Persian, Georgian, Russian, Yiddish, Ethiopian, Arab, etc. films produced in Israel by local filmmakers digging deep into the experience of immigration, seclusion, rediscovering their roots, and even expressing yearnings to the countries of origin.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CJST-MN)
Avisar, Ilan. "The National and the Popular in Israeli Cinema," Shofar 24.1 2005: 125-143
Ne'eman, Judd. "The Empty Tomb in the Postmodern Pyramid: Israeli Cinema in the 1980s and 1990s", in: Charles Berlin (ed.) DOCUMENTING ISRAEL, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard College Library, 1995. Pp. 136-142
Loshitzky, Yosefa. Authenticity in Crisis: Sh'Chur and New Israeli Forms of Ethnicity, Media, Culture & Society vol. 18, 1996. Pp. 87-103
Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg (eds.) ISRAELI CINEMA: IDENTITIES IN MOTION, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A midterm paper, a final paper, weekly assignments, and a weekly movie screening
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Participation in Israeli Film Festival. Six evening film screenings in spring 2018. These films are in addition to the weekly film screenings required by the course.
This course counts towards the Certificate in Jewish and Israel Studies.
There is a linked optional Hebrew course, CJST 413: From Black and White to Colors: Israeli Cinema, which is available for students with advanced or near native skills. It will count towards the Certificate for Jewish and Israel Studies, will carry 0.5 credit and will be graded satisfactory/non satisfactory. Please contact Dalit Katz for the Permission of Instructor.
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