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AJL 44th Annual Convention

Cleveland, OH

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms:

Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

The Israeli Popular Literature Collection

Rachel Leket-Mor

Arizona State University

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Rachel Leket-Mor has a B.A. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.A. from Tel Aviv University and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Arizona. Prior to her appointment at ASU in 2002, she worked as a Hebrew editor with Israeli publishers.

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The current demand for appropriate entertaining titles in the Haredi community in Israel is reflected, among other things, in the growing movie industry led by Haredi producers and directors. This interesting sub-genre of popular Israeli cinema, consisting of male-only actors, is intended for the whole family. Therefore, not only these movies are approved as “G-rated” by rabbis, they are also sold in a CD-Rom format, since in many Haredi households computers are welcome as a work tool, while DVD players are not allowed for religious reasons. Main themes of this genre include, quite surprisingly, quite a lot of military stories (some of them describing adventures of Israeli Mossad agents), comedies, contemporary dramas with Haredi happy endings, Hassidic tales, historical documentaries, as well as “women movies” with moving stories and heartbreaking endings. The presentation will feature segments of some movies and discuss their significance in academic collections as authentic portrayal of Haredi culture in Israel.

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“…The script of Koḥam shel Tehilim was rejected because… as if they’ve never even read it, as if they don’t understand the Haredi cinema.”

“15-17% of the [Israeli] population don’t go to the movies, but they have their own movies, andI am their film maker!”

“Say, aren’t we entitled to any cultural life? Is cultural life part of the secular way of life only?”

Hared le-Sirto – FILM FANATIC (2006)

Shelomo Hazan, Chanel 10.

http://www.tsofar.com/zofar/mashtap/show.asp?id=11558

Koḥam shel Tehilim – TEHILIM POWERS

Produced by Yehuda Grovais

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Israel Film fund

http://www.filmfund.org.il/

http://www.filmfund.org.il/page.aspx?section=668#

The Foundation for Cinema and TV

http://www.nfct.org.il/english/index.html

http://www.nfct.org.il/info.htm

Gesher Multicultural film Fund

http://www.mikragesher.org.il/gesherusa/

http://www.gesherfilmfund.org.il/(S(beln12rgjoji1xqnjiv3lj45))/Default.aspx

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Reading pashkevils affixed to buildings:

Me’a She’arim, Jerusalem

Image source: http://www.e-mago.co.il/Editor/history-1994.htm

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Superstar Uri Zohar, 1970s

Rabbi Uri Zohar, 1980s

Pashkevil forbidding movie watching

Image source: Danny Cohen's photostream @ Flicker.comhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dannychn/96266974/

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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http://youtube.com/watch?v=nDxbYQ7VKH0&feature=related

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Miri Shneorson, Business Women http://www.haaretz.co.il/hasite/spages/957258.html

“Here women are not worried about taking a maternity leave every year…”Citybook Services

http://www.citybookservices.com/about.asp

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Haredi/Dati Portals and Forums

Datili: http://www.datili.co.il/index.php?id=15588

Tsofar: http://www.tsofar.com

Be-Hadre Haredim: http://www.bhol.co.il/forum/forum.asp?forum_id=771

Haredi/Dati File Sharing Site

http://www.dex.co.il/view.php?u=4622

Haredi Internet ISPs

http://www.neto2home.co.il/

http://www.kavnaki.com/

Internet Tools

Search Engine: http://www.jgog.net/

Saturday Guard: http://saturdayguard.com/index.php?url=main&lang=en

http://www.shomershabes.com/service/eng.asp?logoImg=%20rrr&es=120&eh=&eh2=&nh=0&nh2=0&p=United+States+of+America&replace=0&msg=We'll%20glad%20to%20serve%20you%20at%20other%20weekdays!%20/%20the%20site%20staff

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Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Haredi Movie Industry: Genres

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Mivtsa’ Mitgalgel mi-Tsehok: A Funny and Exciting Operation for Tikkun Middot

Dinnur Studios

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Segment from Hagigah ba-Senuker on Google Video

Segment from Charlie and a Half on YouTube

Yehudah Barken, King of “Burekas” Israeli movies

1960s – 1970s

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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“…Are you sure you’re alone?”

“PG-14”

The Deceased Scream

Directed by Nissim Varta

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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Uniform-less Soldiers

The Bet

The Jewish Revenge

Miniseries

King David’s Sword

Miniseries

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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A Guide to Movie Making

Yehuda Grovais

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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References

Caplan, Kimmy. 2007. Be-sod ha-śiaḥ ha-Ḥaredi. Jerusalem: Merkaz Zalman Shazar le-Toldot Yiśrael.

Ravitzky, Aviezer. 2006. Introduction: On the boundaries of orthodoxy. In Orthodox Judaism: New perspectives., eds. Jacob Katz, Yosef Salmon, Aviezer Ravitzky and Adam S. Ferziger. Jerusalem: Magnes Press.

Schneller, Raphael. 1999. Controlled adoption of modern leisure culture: An abiding challenge to the ultra-orthodox community in Jerusalem. In Abiding challenges: Research perspectives on Jewish education: Studies in memory of Mordechai Bar-Lev., eds. Yisrael Rich, Michael Rosenak and Mordekhai Bar-Lev, 303-341. London: Freund Publishing House.

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms: Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

Rachel Leket-Mor, Arizona State University

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AJL 44th Annual Convention

Cleveland, OH

Haredi Movies on CD-Roms:

Current Trends in Israeli Cinema

The Israeli Popular Literature Collection

Rachel Leket-Mor

Arizona State University