Ashkenaz will be introduced by award-winning journalist and author Rachel Shabi.
Ashkenaz essays wittily on Zionism’s European hegemonic elites, producing an unsurpassed film portrait of the complex Ashkenazi political and cultural identity. Leah Jones has said of her subject: “Ashkenazim... are Israel’s ‘white folks.’ ... But the paradox of whiteness in Israel is that Ashkenazim aren’t exactly ‘white folks’ historically. A story that begins in the Rhineland and ends in the holy land (or is it the other way around?), Ashkenaz looks at whiteness in Israel and wonders: How did the ‘Others’ of Europe become the ‘Europe’ of the others?”
Palestine 2007 Dir Rachel Leah Jones 72 min. Screened in Digibeta
The Choice #
A beguiling short set in besieged Ramallah, where a father and daughter are compelled to choose how they will deal with grief in the face of tragedy.
Palestine 2011 Dir Yasin Erik Bognar 9 min. Screened in Digibeta
Part of Palestine Film Festival 2012
* Locally classified
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