A celebration of Jews on film and films about the Jewish experience. Join film and media professor Benjamin Wright for a monthly Zoom discussion about films that have defined what it means to be Jewish.
What exactly is a Jewish film? The Movie Club will try to answer this question as well as celebrate the contributions of Jewish filmmakers to the history of world cinema. The 12 films chosen for this year’s Movie Club include some beloved favorites and some hidden gems.
Some Jewish films on this list are explicitly about religious themes, where characters talk and argue about their relationship to G-d. In other cases, a “Jewish film” is characterized by its social and cultural atmosphere, where characters are often defined as outsiders, misfits, and social outcasts. These films are Jewish by theme and “feel” as much as they are by the people who made them.
Subscribing to the Movie Club will give you access to the monthly Zoom conference, hosted by Professor Wright, where he will lead a lecture and discussion about each film. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, comments, and conversation topics to each club meeting. It’s an opportunity to engage with each other on the thematic, stylistic, and emotional meanings of Jewish cinema.
Before each club meeting, participants should view the film and take notes that can be used in the discussion period.
Each film is available digitally either from a subscription streaming service such as Netflix, or through a video rental app such as Google Play. If you prefer to watch a physical copy on DVD or Blu Ray, please check Amazon.ca for purchase availability of each title.
Benjamin Wright is an independent film scholar based in Windsor, Ontario. He holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art & Culture at Carleton University and was previously the Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. His writing on film history has appeared in numerous academic journals and book collections, and he has taught undergraduate media studies at the University of Southern California and the University of Toronto. He currently directs the academic program at the Windsor Centre for Film, Digital Media and the Creative Arts.
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The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Tuesday, October 12th at 7pmPlease watch the movie prior to the discussion. You can find the movie free to watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vusvJaxKZFo
The Pawnbroker (1965)
Tuesday, November 9th at 7pmPlease watch the movie prior to the discussion. You can find the movie available for rent at Google Play, YouTube, and Amazon for $3.99
Crossing Delancey (1988)
Tuesday, December 14th at 7pmPlease watch the movie prior to the discussion. You can find the movie for rent at Google Play and YouTube for $4.99
Tuesday, January 11th at 7pmPlease watch the movie prior to the discussion. You can find the movie for rent at Google Play, Cineplex Store, and YouTube for $4.99
Fill the Void (2013)
Tuesday, February 8th at 7pmPlease watch the movie prior to the discussion. You can find the movie for rent at Google Play and Cineplex Store for $3.99
Zero Motivation (2014)
Tuesday, March 8th at 7pmPlease watch the movie prior to the discussion. You can find the movie for rent streaming on Amazon Prime; available for rent at Google Play and YouTube for $4.99
All 6 movie discussions
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