American & European Film

Bible as Cinema

The Good Book has a longstanding history on the big screen.


Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical look at the United States--and (fake) Kazakh anti-Semitism.

Hollywood and Judaism

Jewish filmmakers have not always been comfortable portraying Jewish themes on screen.

Yiddish Film

Capturing the atmosphere, values, and myths of the Yiddish milieu.

Film History

Countless Jewish characters and themes have appeared in American and European films.

Israeli Film

Contemporary Films

Filmmakers find a uniquely Israeli voice.

Joseph Cedar

Israeli director explores the Religious Zionist community to great acclaim.

Depicting Arabs

Israeli films portray the ties and the tensions between Jews and Arabs.

Gila Almagor

This Israeli writer, stage actress, and film actress has a complicated identity.

Mizrahi Film

Four films that illustrate and illuminate the culture of Israel's Mizrahi citizens.

Jews in Television

The Goldbergs

At one point, America's favorite family was a Jewish immigrant and her children.

Jon Stewart

Not your ordinary Jewish funny man (okay, maybe he is).

The Nanny

Fran Drescher's show caused controversy for its portrayal of Jews.

Shari Lewis

A Jewish television puppeteer with a long career.

Jewish Mothers

For the most part, Jewish mothers on television are portrayed in a negative light.

Holocaust Films

A Daunting Task

Many questions arise from the attempt to depict the Holocaust on screen.

Schindler's List

Spielberg's masterpiece about an enigmatic non-Jewish businessman and the Jews he saved.

Inglourious Basterds

Films like Inglourious Basterds, Waltz With Bashir and Defiance change the face of Jewish film.


A cinematic look at the life of resistance fighters.

Power to Teach, Power to Prevent?

Exploitation and moral responsibility in Holocaust filmmaking.