Jewish Ultra-Orthodoxy and Film

Ultra-ortho­dox Jews, the Hared­im, are a rapid­ly-grow­ing theme in main­stream film por­tray­als, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Israeli and inter­na­tion­al (mini)-series such as Unortho­dox and Shtisel. The large num­ber of Hare­di pro­tag­o­nists on screens in sec­u­lar cul­tures has coin­cid­ed with the flour­ish­ing of a sec­tar­i­an, ultra-ortho­dox Jew­ish film­mak­ing indus­try in Israel since the ear­ly 2000s. Female Hare­di film­mak­ers in par­tic­u­lar are mak­ing their mark on a reli­gious film and cin­e­ma scene that is under­go­ing increas­ing pro­fes­sion­al­i­sa­tion. The project “Jew­ish Ultra-Ortho­doxy and Film” aims to analyse the phe­nom­e­non of ultra-ortho­dox Jew­ish cin­e­ma in Israel through the lens of film and media stud­ies as well as from a the­o­log­i­cal perspective.


Die Forschungs­gruppe wird vom Post­Doc­Net­work Bran­den­burg gefördert.