NU Israeli Film Club
The NU Israeli Film Club is a collaboration and partnership between the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies. The club aims to both explore Israel's cultural production in film and initiate scholarly discussion.
October 13, 2016 Forum Room, McCormick Foundation CenterLate Marriage is a dark, complex Israeli comedy putting lead character Zaza’s Georgian heritage—and family—in direct conflict with modernity, and his own taboo desire for Judith, a Moroccan immigrant and divorcée. Professor Elie Rekhess introduced the film, explaining how marriage practices can often lie at the foundation of ethnic affiliation and identity within Israeli subgroups. The film stars famed Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz, and the October screening commenced the NU Israeli Film Club's annual theme revolving around the actress and her filmography.
"Yona Wallach: Deconstructed through Film"
May 31, 2016
Forum Room, McCormick Foundation Center
On May 31, the NU Israeli Film Club hosted a film screening and discussion exploring Israeli beat poet Yona Wallach. Distinguished Northwestern lecturer Phyllis Lassner and Director of the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema Cindy Stern each offered introductions to the poet and her visual representation through film. The screening included Nir Bergman's Yona, followed by a documentary clip from Hagai Levy's series The Accursed.
"Rabin: In His Own Words"
January 13, 2016
Block Museum of Art
"Rabin: In his Own Words" kicked off the inaugural screening of the NU Israeli Film Club, co-sponsored with the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema. Prof. Elie Rekhess introduced the documentary for an audience of more than 100 that braved the chill night to share refreshments and listen to the powerful and conflicted backstory of Yitzhak Rabin and his legacy. See article here.