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Documentary, 72 min, 2007 Israel, Netherlands

Ashkenazim-Jews of European origin-are Israel's "white folks." Like most white folks in a multicultural society, they don't think of themselves in racial or ethnic terms because by now, "aren't we all Israeli?" Yiddish has been replaced with Hebrew, religion with secularism, exile with occupation, the shtetl with the kibbbutz, old-fashioned irony with post-modern cynicism and pale girls with dark curls by bleached blonds with a suntan. But the paradox of whiteness in Israel is that Ashkenazim aren't exactly "white folks" historically.
A story that begins in the Rhineland and ends in the holy land (or is it the other way around?), ASHKENAZ looks at whiteness in Israel and wonders: How did the "Others" of Europe become the "Europe" of the others?

Languages Hebrew, English, Yiddish
Subtitles English
Broadcasters Channel 8 Noga communication, Israel
Supported by The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts - Cinema Project
World Sales Philippa Kowarsky, Cinephil


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Writer & Director Rachel Leah Jones
Cinematographer Philippe Bellaiche
Editing Eyal Sivan, Morris Ben Mayor
Sound Tully Chen
Original Music Habiluim, Oy Division

Festivals & Awards

Boston Palestine Film Festival, USA, October, 2010
Olympia Film Festival, USA, November 2008
UK Jewish Film Festival, UK November 2008
International Documentary Film Festival, Turkey, November 2008
Krakow Jewish Culture Festival, Poland, July 2008
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, July 2008
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, Israel, December 2007

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