Israeli Cinema and Television

JS 212 - FA21
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Examination of Israeli cinema from its documentary beginnings to its   internationally award winning feature films. First established as a way to record the developments of the Jewish community in Palestine, after Independence in 1948, it became a way to   explore the ideals and  values of the new state. Trapped between Eastern and Western  cinematic tradition, we will view heroic cinema, new wave, and  bourekas films. Through lectures, readings and film screenings this seminar examines the diversity of Israeli  society,  including religious/secular divisions, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the Holocaust, gay cinema and the country's ethnic diversity including Palestinian, Russian, and Mizrachi identity. All films are subtitled and no previous knowledge of cinema or Israel is required.