"World Cinema: Israel"

My book, "World Cinema: Israel" (originally published in 1996) is available from Amazon on "Kindle", with an in-depth chapter comparing and analyzing internationally acclaimed Israeli films up to 2010.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Two days ago, I spoke at Congregation Shaarey Shalom in Hingham, Mass., at the beginning of an Israel film series. This opening event featured an interactive program which offered the screening and analysis of film clips on contemporary issues of Israeli society through film, followed by dinner, and a screening of the film Noodle, directed by Ayelet Menachemi. I have written before about Noodle on this blog.

Noodle is a warm and fuzzy film which takes place on the background of the large number of illegal foreign workers who began to appear in Israel about 10 years ago, with the beginning of the Palestinian uprising (intifada). The storyline deals with two inter-connected subjects -- about a bereaved woman learning to love again and about how she can make a difference by doing tikun olam (repairing the world).

I offered comments that the director, Ayelet Menachemi, had shared with the audience at Beit Avi Chai when she was our guest there. The audience loved the film and was very appreciative!

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