2017 - 2018

  Mizrahi Self-Representation in Israeli Film and Television                                           
Merav Alush-LevronMexico - Arts209Tue1600-2000 Sem  2
University credit hours:  2.0

Course description

The course will explore various performances of Mizrahi self-representation in contemporary film and television, since the beginning of the 2000s to the present. Using post-colonial, post-secular, feminist, and film and television theories, we will try to define Mizrahi self-representation. The first part of the course will review the first phases of the Mizrahi self-representation in Israeli cinema, mainly in the 1970s, as well as discuss the unique wave during the 1990s, associated with the de-construction of the hegemonic master-narrative and the rise of the politics of identity.

The central part of the course will focus on contemporary films and popular television, asking whether they are suggesting subversive and alternative Mizrahi self-images. The course will also examine the Mizrahi political narrative and its relation to class, community, gender, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, religion and belief, and more. The last part of the course will deal with aesthetic and rhetorical features of the new Mizrahi commercial television and the new cultural heroes, critically investigating what are the limits of self-representation under the conditions of popular culture and the politics of rating. Among the visual works that will discuss in the course:  "The House on Chelouche Street, "Ariana", "Sh'Chur Desperado Square" and "Balada Le'aviv Ha'bohe, "Three Mothers", "Vasermil", "God's Neighbors" (Hamashgihim),  "Hakafot",  "Bat Yam New York", "Asfour",  "Freha's and Ars'es, the new elites Shnot-Hashmonim ","zaguri empire," and more.

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