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From One Rachel to Another

In: Arts and Culture, Film, Gaza, Israeli Occupation, Palestine

An open letter to Rachel Corrie as the screening of the film that bears her name, honors her life, and condemns her death faces shameless criticism and censorship. Dear Rachel, The day you were crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza, was a stormy day in Tel Aviv. March 16, 2003 — to […]

This Saturday, July 25th, the movie RACHEL, directed by Simone Bitton will premiere at its first-ever Jewish film festival in San Francisco, California. Simone was born in 1955 in Rabat, Morocco. A Moroccan-Israeli-French Jewish documentary filmmaker, she’s directed a number of films, including Mahmoud Darwich (1998), Citizen Bishara (2001), and Mur (Wall) (2004). Her films […]

Although the war in Gaza has subsided, for now, the Israeli siege continues. Since the 2006 Palestinian Parliamentary elections, Israel and the United States have led a campaign of international sanctions against Hamas and the elected Palestinian government. This campaign expanded in June, 2007 when Hamas assumed control of Gaza. Since then, Gaza has been […]

Ashkenaz will be premiering in the U.S. at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival tomorrow, August 10th at 3:15pm at the JCCSF. I caught up with Rachel Leah Jones, director of Ashkenaz, before her U.S. premiere to ask her a few questions about the making of the film, what she hopes audiences will take away, […]

From an interview I did with Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Best Sex Writing 2008, about my essay in that book: Amy Andre has a master’s degree in human sexuality studies from San Francisco State University. She works as a sex educator and writer. What inspired your article “The Study of Sex?” I’m actually the […]

I could say I wish I was young enough to do this, but I don’t wanna be that young again–at least not literally. So, for those that are, here’s a great opportunity for young folks, ages 15-19, to apply to make a high quality film with professional resources, even if you have no prior filmmaking […]

Parshat Noach

In: Comedy, Film, Humor, Jewish Life, Torah

In Jack Finney’s 1954 novel The Body Snatchers, alien seed pods fall to earth, grow next to sleeping people, produce emotionless clones of their bodies, and finally destroy the original humans. It is impossible to distinguish a cloned body from the original body, except that something is behaviorally amiss: they show no facial expressions and […]

Following on Tucker’s comment, this just in: Marc Schneier, an Orthodox rabbi in New York, and hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons have joined forces to produce a short film to combat negative stereotypes of Muslims. The film, which will be shot in the coming weeks under Schneier’s direction, will also feature the legendary Jewish hip-hop group […]


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