Jew­ish Film Festivals

Approaching an understanding of ‘Jewish Film’ from the film festival‘s curatorial work

Jew­ish film fes­ti­vals are a cru­cial com­po­nent when deal­ing with ‘Jew­ish film’. They have con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly to the asser­tion of the term from with­in film cul­ture and are places for dis­cur­si­vat­ing the sub­ject mat­ter and nego­ti­at­ing Jew­ish per­spec­tives and lived expe­ri­ences. The num­ber of Jew­ish film fes­ti­vals world­wide has increased to approx­i­mate­ly 180 since the inau­gur­al Jew­ish Film Fes­ti­val in San Fran­cis­co in 1981. This devel­op­ment is linked to devel­op­ments in Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ties in those coun­tries, but also to the dawn­ing of a flour­ish­ing and diverse film fes­ti­val scene. How can the sub­ject mat­ter ‘Jew­ish Film’ be described and under­stood by ana­lyz­ing the pro­gram­ming work done by Jew­ish film festivals?


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