When Private Meets Public in Israeli Documentary Films|
Spring 2019 not offered
|Certificates: Jewish and Israel Studies|
Israeli documentary films reflect freedom of speech and democracy, but that wasn't always the case. The films that Israeli filmmakers were commissioned to create in the very early 1950s had to reflect the official voice of the Israeli establishment. There was no room but to serve the cause of building a nation in a state that had just been established. The year 1967 marked the beginning of a new era when, for the first time, the Israeli public broadcaster was on air, yet some daring films that were made back then were censored and have never been shown. Modernist documentaries of filmmakers David Perlov and David Greenberg opened the field to various voices; when the 1973 war broke, the consensus in Israeli society fell apart, and critical and radical documentaries started to be produced. The major revision happened when Channel 2 was licensed and the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and TV was founded. Both paved the road for individual voices that could, from then on, tell very personal stories (no longer serving the establishment) and deconstruct controversial social and cultural subject matters.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Miri Talmon, Yaron Peleg, eds., ISRAELI CINEMA: IDENTITIES IN MOTION (Austin: Univ. of Texas Press, 2011)
Zanger Anat, PLACE, MEMORY AND MYTH IN CONTEMPORARY ISRAELI CINEMA (Journal of Israeli History: Politics, Society, Culture, Vol. 33, Issue 1, 2014).
Boaz Hagin, Sandra Meiri, Raz Yosef, and Anat Zanger, eds., DEEPER THAN OBLIVION: TRAUMA AND MEMORY IN ISRAEL CINEMA.
Loshitzky Yoseha, IDENTITY POLITICS ON THE ISRAELI SCREEN (Univ. of Texas Press).
Yaron Shemer, IDENTITY, PLACE AND SUBVERSION IN CONTEMPORARY MIZRAHI CINEMA IN ISRAEL (Univ. of Texas at Austin, 2005)
|Examination and Assignments: |
Presentation in class (30 min. including excerpts from film) of one Israeli documentary film and its subject, submission of final paper (50% of final grade): analysis of an Israeli issue as reflected in at least two documentary films (other than the one presented in class). Length of report: up to 6 pages.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance at weekly screenings (Israeli documentaries of all times). Participation in the Israeli Film festival. This course will count toward the Certificate in Jewish & Israel Studies but not towards the Religion major.