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DAFF 3125A - Israeli Politics through Cinema

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course is a study of the history of Israel as seen through films. Undoubtedly, the cinematographic image has the peculiarity to display a tangible reality. However, what we see depends on whom is behind the camera, what are his or her intentions and standpoint; are those documentary, artistic or political motives? Some movies belong to those different categories all together. Furthermore, to what extent those cinematographic representations draw us closer to reality or away from it? The purpose of this course is to examine different angles of the socio-political reality displayed in films, in both fiction and documentary. Our enquiry starts in the early twentieth century in Palestine and onwards in Israel, mainly through Israeli cinema - a flourishing industry nowadays - as well as through foreign cinema. We will look into the main events that shaped and continue to shape the reality of this young state: the historical events that led to its foundation, the wars which drew its borders, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and finally, its multi-cultural identity.


LILTI, Ayelet (Formatrice)

Course validation

Class participation. Presentation. Paper.

Required reading

  • Adam Garfinkle, Politics and Society in Modern Israel: Myths and Realities, Routledge, 2015.
  • David Tal (Ed.), Israeli Identity: between Orient and Occident, Routledge, 2013.
  • Miri Talmon, Yaron Peleg, (Eds.) Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, University of Texas Press, 2011.
  • Yosefa Loshitzki, Identity Politics on the Israeli Screen, University of Texas Press, 2001.