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Isaac Zablocki

Israel Film Center @ The JCC in Manhattan

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Isaac Zablocki is the Director of the Israel Film Center at the JCC in Manhattan. He was born in New York, and grew up in Israel. He attended film school at Columbia University. Isaac is Director of Film Programs at the JCC in Manhattan and is one of the leading presenters of Jewish and Israeli films in America. He programs over seven film festivals a year including The Other Israel Film Festival and Reelabilites: The NY Disabilities Film Festival. Isaac also teaches film in various institutions.

From the Marx Brothers to the Coen Brothers

Jews in American Cinema

Film

From Woody Allen to Stanley Kubrik, Jews have a major impact on the American film industry. Explore some of the top Jewish filmmakers in American history and discuss why Jews play such a dominant role in Hollywood.

Hollywood and the Holocaust

Film

Take a journey through the evolution of Holocaust portrayal in film. Examine some of the most powerful films made on this topic in the last 60 years, and the ways in which cinematic expressions of this sensitive subject have changed and continue to evolve over the years. Learn how these movies reflect America's ever-evolving relationship to the atrocities of Nazi Germany; engage with the past, but also focus on new directions and the future.

"Ve'ahavta" and "Srugim"—The Cultural Revolution

A Film Screening

Film

Two film programs are shown about the Modern Orthodox community in Israel. In "Ve'ahavta" ("And Thou Shalt Love"), Ohad is a student in a hesder yeshiva who is secretly in love with his best friend. The film deals with the struggles Ohad faces when it comes to loving God and loving his friend. "Srugim' is a new hit Israeli television series about 20s and 30s singles in the Modern Orthodox Jerusalem community trying to find their way in the vibrant contemporary Israeli society.

Selected Short Films from Other Israel Film Festivals

A Film Screening

Film

Three short films from The Other Israel Film Festival are shown. Founded in 2007, the festival uses film to foster social awareness and cultural understanding. The festival presents dramatic and documentary features and shorts, as well as engaging panels about the history, culture, and identity of Arab citizens of Israel. These Arabs make up twenty percent of Israel’s population and are rarely seen outside the context of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

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