“Circus Palestina,” Hebrew Circle Film Screening, January 21

Hebrew Circle Film Screening
January 21, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Harper 141
William Rainey Harper
Memorial Library

1116 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Circus Palestina, Directed by Eyal Halfon, 1998

While on tour in the West Bank, a small circus troupe from Eastern Europe finds that one of its featured attractions — its lion — is missing. The search for the beast draws together an unlikely alliance, but the united effort becomes more complicated as it continues. The film offers the circus and its missing lion as an apt – though far from transparent – metaphor for the political situation in Israel/Palestine. This dark comedy collected five Israeli Film Academy Awards (including Best Film and Best Actor, Amos Lavie). A short discussion will be lead by Professor Na’ama Rokem afterward.

This screening is the first of several screenings organized by the Hebrew Circle and cosponsored by the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact Daniel Hantman (hantmand@uchicago.edu | 773.702.7108) with any questions.

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