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Film Appreciation

Film Appreciation with Shlomo Schwartzberg 

The Film Appreciation program aims to examine all facets of cinema, Jewish and non- Jewish, and explore different issues related to film, such as representation, history and relevance to current issues in society. You will be introduced to various films and filmmakers you may not know and, hopefully, come to view movies in a whole new light.

Altering Realities: As Society Evolves, so do the Movies

Wednesdays, Jan 16th to Feb 20th Six weeks

In much the same way as gay marriage and legal marijuana were an unimaginable reality just a few years ago, the movies have also had to change with the times and often quickly altering mores.  Altering Realities will look at how American movies have depicted issues like feminism, class, business and capitalism, patriotism, crime and race relations over the years, sometimes ahead of the societal curve, sometimes behind, but in the end always forced to reckon with the public’s’ often quicksilver beliefs and mindset. From the forward-thinking gender balanced comedies of the 30s to the starting and provocative examinations of gender fluidity today, we’ll find out why that has come to be and what it says about the importance of cinema as a facet of and influence on American life.

Jewish Issues on Film: Changing and Complex Portraits

Wednesdays, March 6th to April 10th Six weeks

This course will examine how issues pertinent to the Jewish community, including support for Israel to the effects of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism to inter-faith and inter-religious relationships, and others, have been portrayed in movies from America and around the world.  From Exodus to Les Patriotes, A Stranger Among Us to Keeping the Faith, Angry Harvest to The Pawnbroker, we’ll also look at how those depictions have changed over the years and what they often reveal about the Jewish (and sometimes non-Jewish) creators and stars of these often famous and  iconic films.

For more information please contact Andrea Daiam at  [email protected]

Program Type: Education,
Age range: 18 +
Classes Start: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Classes End: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Days of the week: Wednesday
Day Time # of lessons Spots Available Member Value Fee Regular Fee Code
Altering Realities: As Society Evolves, so do the Movies Wednesdays Jan.16-Feb.20 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS7WI19P
Jewish Issues on Film: Changing and Complex Portraits Wednesdays Mar.6-Apr.10 1.00-3.00PM 6 CA$72.00 CA$90.00 AASFAS8WI19P

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