|A documentary by Rachel Leah Jones „Ashkenaz“ (5.3.2009)|
||Institute of Art and Trabelsi Productions present A documentary by Rachel Leah Jones „Ashkenaz" Accompanying the exhibition CHOSEN|
The screening is followed by the dicussion between Prof. Tomasz Szkudlarek and Mieczyslaw Abramowicz
A Jew is an Arab Born in Poland
Philip Roth, "Operation Shylock"
Ashkenazim-Jews of European origin-are Israel's "white folks." And like most white folks in a multicultural society, they see themselves as the social norm and don't think of themselves in racial or ethnic terms because by now, "aren't we all Israeli?" Yiddish has been replaced with Hebrew, exile with occupation, the shtetl with the kibbutz and old-fashioned irony with post-modern cynicism. 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?
Rachel Leah Jones is a director/producer born in Berkeley, California and raised in Tel Aviv. She has a BA in Race, Class, & Gender Studies and an MFA in Media Arts Production. Her credits include: 500 DUNAM ON THE MOON (France/USA, 2002) and GYPSY DAVY (Israel/Spain/USA, in production). ASHKENAZ (Israel/Netherlands, 2007) is her 2nd film.
Over the years, Jones has worked on numerous socially and politically engaged documentaries in Israel/Palestine such as WALL, CITIZEN BISHARA and THE BOMBING (dir Simone Bitton) and RAGING DOVE, CAFÉ NOAH and WARP AND WEFT (dir Duki Dror) and been affiliated with various progressive media outlets such as the joint Israeli/Palestinian ALTERNATIVE INFORMATION CENTER in Jerusalem and the critically-acclaimed public TV/radio program DEMOCRACY NOW! in New York.