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Books, Films and TV Shows about Israel

ItalophileNJ

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Just noting here that part of the cast of “Shtisel” is coming to my NJ synagogue in June. There will be clips from the show and a discussion with Michael Aloni (Kive), Doval'e Glickman: (Shulem), Neta Riskin: (Giti) Weiss and Dikla Barkai the producer. Equally exciting is that our member Dara Horn, who is an award-winning novelist and teaches Comparative Literature will moderate; Dara is a hoot.

So... if you love Shtisel and will be anywhere near Caldwell NJ, come and see them!
 
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ItalophileNJ

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I went back to "When Heroes Fly" and am now enjoying it; if that's the correct verb. The characters of Aviv (Tomer Kapon) and Himmler (Michael Aloni) are so different that I have no trouble telling them apart.
If anyone knows some Hebrew... I've noticed some of the translation choices are strange. Commenting that the Himmler character is emotionally repressed, his friend says, "well, he's European", which sounded odd to me. What he really said was he's Ashkenazi, which means he's of Eastern European Jewish heritage; I'm assuming they were aiming for an audience that wouldn't know what an Ashkenazi Jew is. And a few other strange choices, but nothing that interferes with the plot.

I watched another "Israeli" movie.... "The Red Sea Diving Resort". It's really pretty bad, very clumsy exposition, trite dialogue, the Israeli characters speak English (whereas the Ethiopian Jews speak Amharic and the other Sudanese speak Arabic). The "Israelis" are more like the Israelis in the crappy movies that were made about the Entebbe raid. (Well, IMHO).
 

Pauline

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I watched another "Israeli" movie.... "The Red Sea Diving Resort". It's really pretty bad, very clumsy exposition, trite dialogue, the Israeli characters speak English (whereas the Ethiopian Jews speak Amharic and the other Sudanese speak Arabic). The "Israelis" are more like the Israelis in the crappy movies that were made about the Entebbe raid. (Well, IMHO).
We watched it last night and I classify it as "good junk", but, yes, junk.
 

ItalophileNJ

100+ Posts
I saw “Tel Aviv on Fire” yesterday, a comedic satire about a contemporary Palestinian soap opera being made in Ramallah, set in 1967 Jerusalem. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. We all enjoyed it and thought it was very well done. It’s playing in, I guess, theatres that show independent movies.

 

Jim Zurer

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I am about halfway through "A Tale of Love and Darkness" by Amos Oz and I am loving it.....the writing is so vivid and the details about his growing up and his family are wonderful. Some of it is so very funny. I also like the narrator very much.

I will look for the movie when I finish the book.
 

Jim Zurer

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Contest 2019 Winner!
"Our Boys" is now streaming on HBO...a searing docudrama about the 2015 kidnapping of three Jewish youths by Hamas militants and the retaliatory murder of a young Palestinian. Hard to watch in parts but we are impressed through the first six (of 10) episodes. It stars Shlomi Elkabeth and Michael Aloni is one of the Shabak officers. Hagai Levi (BeTipul and The Affair) is one of the creators.

 

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