Finding Israel’s Soul At The Movies

Ma’aleh film school explores, embraces Orthodox-Zionist live
07/11/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Many Jewish artists pride themselves on having empathy for the “the other,” even — especially – for Palestinians.

For example, “Miral,” a film released earlier this year, shows a Palestinian girl living under an Israeli occupation depicted as absolutely brutal. The director, Julian Schnabel, a Jew, was quoted as saying that he had “a personal Jewish responsibility” to make such a film, which was distributed by Harvey Weinstein, who’s Jewish, too.

Scenes from Ma’aleh films, “A Shabbos Mother” (top), and “Newspapers & Flowers.” Ma’aleh films love their Jewish characters.
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