by Nancy K. Fishman

Zion Theater

Israeli Cinema’s Uniqueness

Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion, edited by Miri Talmon and Yaron Peleg (University of Texas Press Austin, $55.00), is an intellectually rigorous and thought-provoking collection of 24 essays on this burgeoning industry and locus for cultural investigation in contemporary Israel. The quality and quantity of Israeli cinema has exploded in the last 11 years, since the passage of the 2001 “cinema law” which mandated that filmmakers receive a percentage of licensing fees paid to the government by commercial and cable TV. Simultaneously, there has been a proliferation of Israeli and Jewish film festivals in North America, which have made these films accessible to an American audience.

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