2018 - 2019

  Israeli Women's Films  
Yael MunkMexico - Arts212 Tue1600-2000 Sem  1
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description
During the last decade, Israeli cinema has produced an unprecedented number of women's feature and documentary films. These films redefine women's place and role in Israeli society and throw light on certain key individual and political issues in Israeli society in general. In this course we will review Israeli cinema from a number of points of view, namely: The appearance of women's subjectivity, the tension between various kinds of space (the space of the body, the space of the house, the space of the city, etc) and the Israeli woman, the politicization of the woman's voice as reflected in minority discourses and, finally, the alternative women filmmakers offer to Israeli cinema. The course will begin by presenting the two dominant options in 1960’s Israeli cinema – the Oriental gaze that subordinates the woman's body to the colonizer's desire, and the fetishistic gaze that deprives women of any form of desire. Against this background the new Israeli cinema produced since the late 1990s has created films that return to the Israeli woman her body, her voice and her gaze. Among the films that will be discussed: "Fortuna" (Menachem Golan, 1967), "A Woman's Case" (Jacques Katmor, 1969), "Jaffa" (Keren Yedaya, 2010), "Aya – An Imagined Autobiography" (Michal Bat Adam, 1994), "Three Mothers" (Dina Zvi-Riklis, 2006), and "Invisible" (Michal Aviad, 2011).

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