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The Wandering View: The Jewish Immigrant in World Cinema

The Ohio State University presents The Wandering View: The Jewish Immigrant in World Cinema. Most people have seen Exodus, Fiddler on the Roof, Yentl, and Schindler’s List—well-known films with obvious Jewish subjects. But the Jewish experience in film is far richer than this. Over the past century, Jewish-themed films have emerged from the Americas, Europe, Israel, and North Africa.

Lawrence Baron, the Nasatir Chair in Modern Jewish History, San Diego State University, and the author of Projecting the Holocaust into the Present: The Changing Focus of Contemporary Holocaust Cinema, will present the cinematic depictions of Jewish immigrants portrayed on screen, from the masses who entered the US at Ellis Island, the Zionist pioneers to Palestine, Jewish immigrants to Mexico, Holocaust refugees, and the post-1948 mizrahim to Israel. Film clips will be shown as part of the lecture. This lecture is hosted by The Melton Center for Jewish Studies.