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Posters for different films relating to the Israeli-Palestinain conflict

Visual Moment | A Cinematic Window on the Conflict

The devastating October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel and the ensuing war, along with the contradictory and perplexing media accounts of the clash, underscore the necessity for a nuanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A girl holding paintings of an American flag and an Israeli flag

Watching ‘Israelism’ from Wesleyan

The film “Israelism” is dedicated to providing viewers with personal experiences of two Zionist Jews from childhood to adulthood in an attempt to display the hostile acts committed by Israel that often go unnoticed by blind Zionist believers.

The three main characters in Paris Botique having a heated discussion

Jewish Film Review | Jerusalem Balagan

                  Paris Boutique 2022 81 minutes Director: Marco Carmel Mayane Films, United Channel Movies, United King Film Distribution Hebrew, English, French with English Subtitles Romantic Comedy When sophisticated Parisian-Jewish lawyer Louise, played by...
Hasidic Jews in a room with ominous lighting

Jewish Film Review | The Offering

Chaya Sara Oppenheim’s review of The Offering combines a close reading of the film’s Jewish details as well as the bigger message of the meaning of family in the face of horror.

Two people in tubes in a pool in Palm Springs

Palm Springs: Build Your Own Palace in Time

Repetition mixed with monotony is not usually high up on Hollywood’s list of project themes, which is why Hulu’s Palm Springs was such a delightful surprise. The film stars Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother) as two apathetic California wedding guests who get stuck in a Groundhog Day-like time loop, forcing them to relive the couple’s special day over and over again. For a film that was shot in pre-coronavirus times, Palm Springs is surprisingly relevant.

Poster for "Creating a Character". In the poster, Moni Yakim is directing a class

Homage to a Master Drama Teacher

This film is an insightful view into the life of a little-known luminary, replete with wonderful archival footage (not only of pre-state Jerusalem but also of his and his wife’s mime performances), whose legacy would otherwise be unknown to almost all of us.

A still from the movie "Jojo Rabbit"

Jojo Rabbit and the Nice Nazi

Much ink has been spilled on director Taika Waititi's portrayal of Hitler in his Nazi satire Jojo Rabbit, which just won the Academy Award for...
A still from the movie "Marriage Story". Adam Driver is on a train in the photo

The Kabbalah of Noah Baumbach

For a long time I’ve been trying to figure out why I love Noah Baumbach’s movies so much. And as a Jewish creative who often prefers the company of books and films to people, I see a little bit too much of myself in them, which is more worrisome than it is meaningful.

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