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Not a Nice Jewish Girl: Women in Israeli Cinema

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm

With Rachel S. Harris
February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2021
Wednesdays, 8:00-9:00pm EST
Fueled by The Associated’s Insight Israel Forum
In partnership with Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

This masterclass examines the depiction of Jewish women in film and explores the complicated legacy of being a traditional Jewish woman and seeking out a place in the modern world. Each session will explore our understanding of the challenges women face, and the conflict between independence and community. In this course, we will focus on familiar films, charting the representation of women within the development of Israeli cinema, from its nationalist origins where women were marginalized on screen and off, to the current cinema and its feminist revolution.

Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema (2017). She is the book review editor for the Journal of Jewish Identities, and Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the Association for Jewish Studies 2018-2020.

Part of The Wisdom Studio Series, a space to explore Judaism and Jewish culture as it evolves and develops on the page, on the screen, in the studio.