Documentary film curator and distributor Ruth Diskin will be speaking on March 26th at 7pm in Room L160 Chazen Museum of Art. She will be discussing the exciting and illuminating world of documentary film in Israel. Documentary films allow unheard voices to be heard, and bring into discussion the complexities of identity and political life in Israel. Excerpts from recent Israeli documentaries selected for this talk will be shown, along with the award winning 2008 documentary LADY KUL EL ARAB (Ibtisam Marana, 2009, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles).
Her documentary, “Lady Kul El-Arab) tells the riveting story of Duha-Angelina Fares, the first woman of the Druze community in Israel to attempt to enter the Miss Israel beauty contest as a venue for self realization, and contrary to her community’s normative roles for women. Duha, a young woman from the village of Sagur in the Galilee, was one of the 12 finalists in the beauty pageant for Israeli-Arab women – ‘Lady Kul el-Arab.’ Framed as a glamorous story of a beauty pageant, this documentary tells the moving story of a family caught between cultures. Made by a woman, the documentary filmmaker Ibtisam Marana, this film offers a unique perspective on the lives of women in Israel and the Middle East.
This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the George L. Mosse Program, the Department of History and the Madison Jewish Community Council.