Friday, February 4, 2011

Israeli Society through a Cinematic Lens

Here is a great program happening at Colby College that I suggest we all support and enjoy!

Colby's Jewish Studies Program, in collaboration with its new Cinema Studies Program, is pleased to host Yoav Kosh, a leading Israeli cinematographer, as the Schusterman Visiting Artist for the spring semester. Yoav has been an active filmmaker and teacher in Israel for the past 25 years. His cinematography credits include about 25 feature-length movies and dozens of television shows, drama series, and documentaries. Yoav has won numerous honors for his work, including two awards for Best Cinematography from the Israeli Film Academy, that country’s counterpart to the Oscars.

In addition to teaching a course to Colby students ("Israeli Cinema: Images of Life"), Yoav will offer public screenings of four recently released Israeli films. All are welcome to attend.

Monday, Feb. 7, 7:00 pm, Mary Low Coffeehouse
Life According to Agfa
A film by Assi Dayan. Israel, 1992, 102 Minutes, Hebrew, English subtitles.
In this tragic drama, the characters are all denizens of Tel Aviv’s nightlife, and the action takes place in an all-night bar owned by two women with difficult romantic relationships. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Yoav Kosh, its cinematographer.

Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:00 pm, Mary Low Coffeehouse
My Father, My Lord
A film by David Volach. Israel, 2007, 73 Minutes, Hebrew, English subtitles. Winner of Tribeca Film Festival 2007 Top Award, Winner of Taormina Film Festival 2007 Best Director.

The film depicts a man, devoted to a life of study and worship, who hopes to impart his faith to his young son. It is a journey to the innermost world of the believer as he comes face to face with the still silence of God. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Yoav Kosh and Colby's chaplains.

Monday, Feb. 28, 7:00 pm, Mary Low Coffeehouse
Vasermil
A film by Mushon Salmona. Israel, 2007, 93 Minutes, Color, Hebrew/Amharic/Russian, English subtitles.

The film, named after the soccer stadium located in Be’er Sheva in southern Israel, tells the story of three teenagers who pin their hopes on soccer as a way out of an unforgiving environment. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Yoav Kosh and members of Campus Conversations on Race.