Cinema Israel 2014-2015: Religion and Cinema in Israel
Michaelmas Term, 2014 Screening Schedule
Screenings are on alternate Tuesdays during Term time at 16:30 in room L1
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge
Tuesday, 11th November, 2014
Campfire (השבט מדורת, dir. Joseph Cedar, 2004)
The story of a young widow (Michaela Eshet), mother of two beautiful teenage daughters, who wants to join the founding group of a new settlement of religious Jews in the West Bank, but first must convince the acceptance committee that she is worthy. Things get complicated when the younger daughter is sexually abused by boys from her youth movement. The film continues Cedar's first film, Time of Favor, which was our first film in the series, and paints a critical picture of the settler movement in the West Bank.
Tuesday, 25th November, 2014
Shiva (שבעה, dir. Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz, 2008)
During the Gulf War in 1991, a large Israeli family of Moroccan descent observes the Jewish mourning ritual of Shiva following a brother’s deaths. The entire family gets together for the ritual and spends seven days sequestered at the dead brother’s house. Their forced reunion forces old rivalries and tensions into the open. As the war rages outside, their own private wars rage inside the house. This is the second in a trilogy of films made by the Elkabetz sister-brother duo. Beautifully filmed and expertly acted by an impressive ensemble of veteran actors.
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