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October 24, 2008

Contemporary Israeli Film Festival at Smith College

NORTHAMPTON, Mass—On Sunday Nov. 2, Smith College will host a film festival on the topic of new faces of Israeli cinema. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will be introduced at 1 p.m. by Yaron Peleg of George Washington University whose talk, “National Cinema in a Post-National Age,” will be followed by screenings of three recent Israeli dramas at 1:45, 4 and 6:30 p.m. in Seelye Hall 106.

Peleg’s lecture will consider how Israeli film has undergone profound changes in the last two decades under the influence of Western popular culture. He will demonstrate that Zionist ideology is one of the most prominent casualties of these changes in recent Israeli cinema. Peleg is associate professor of Hebrew at George Washington University, and his publications include “Derech Gever: Homoeroticism in Hebrew Literature 1887-2000” and “Israeli Culture Between the Two Intifadas: A Brief Romance.”

The festival includes screenings of “Aviva My Love” (2006), about one woman’s struggle to overcome her fears and make her voice heard; “A Touch Away” (2007), an episode of the hit television series about religious and secular neighbors in a Tel Aviv neighborhood; and “Live and Become” (2005), a meditation on exile and identity as filtered through the experience of the Ethiopian-Jewish immigrant community in Israel.

This event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, Film Studies Program, the Office of the Jewish Chaplain and Hillel. For more information, including film descriptions, visit Further inquiries may be directed to Ilona Ben-Moshe of Jewish Studies,

For information about disability access or to request accommodations, call (413) 585-2407. To request a sign language interpreter specifically, call (413) 585-2071 (voice or TTY) or e-mail All requests must be made at least 10 days prior to the event.

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