Israel, Jews & the Middle East Through Film

Plus61J together with Emanuel Synagogue present

Israel, Jews & the Middle East through Film

Join us each month for a fascinating festival of film followed by engaging discussion.

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Films will be presented by Dr Shahar Burla


Dr Burla holds a Master's degree in Political Science from the Hebrew University and a PhD from Bar-Ilan University. His book "Political Imagination in the Diaspora: The Construction of a Pro-Israeli Narrative " was published in 2013 and he is the co-editor of the forthcoming book "Australia and Israel: A diasporic, political and cultural relationship" (Sussex Academic Press, 2015).




Dr Shahar Burla

Coffee and cake will be provided.

12th September      7:00pm for 7:15pm

The Sabra and the Shoah – The end of the dream?  

Walk on Water (2005, 104 minutes)

Eyal is an agent in Mossad, the Israeli security service and the agency decides that he needs to take on a less challenging assignment: to find an aging Nazi war criminal and get him "before God does".  

10th October   7:00pm for 7:15pm   

Immigration from Arab countries 

Farewell Baghdad / The Dove Flyer (2013, 105 minutes)

An Israeli film takes us through the story of a 16-year-old Jewish boy, and depicts the story of the last days of the Baghdad Jewish community of the 1950s, and on the eve of the Aliyah of almost all of that community to Israel in Operation Ezra and Nehemiah.

14th November    7:00pm for 7:15pm

The Palestinian point of view

Paradise Now (2006, 90 minutes) -

Follows Palestinian childhood friends Said and Khaled who live in Nablus and have been recruited for suicide attacks in Tel Aviv. It focuses on what would be their last days together.

12th December 7:00pm for 7:15pm

Gotta be Happy” – Yiddish humor in America

The Komediant   (2004, 85 Minutes)

Wistful and melancholy recollections of Yiddish theatre are conveyed in this documentary, which centers on the story of the Burstein family. 

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