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‘Golda' Documentary and Post-Screening Discussion

Online Event

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Watch "Golda," and then join the film's creators and scholars for the post-screening discussion on Zoom about the iconic politician, Golda Meir, Israel's fifth Prime Minister, and the making of this illuminating new documentary.

Thursday, July 9, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (Pacific Time)
Online discussion via Zoom video conferencing.
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Note: This live event has ended, but the post-screening discussion was recorded and available for viewing on the Y&S Nazarian Center's videos page.

 Program presented in collaboration with the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative.


 About the Program

Watch Golda, then join the film's creators, Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein, and scholar Pnina Lahav, for an in-depth discussion about the iconic politician Golda Meir (1898-1978), Israel's fifth Prime Minister, and the making of this illuminating new documentary. Lahav, Professor of Law at Boston University, is the author of the forthcoming biography Golda Meir: Through the Gender LensThe event will be moderated by Professor Dov Waxman, director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.


Golda Synopsis

Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for Israeli television. After shooting ended, the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette after the other, Golda spoke freely about her term as Prime Minister – five turbulent years that secured her place in history, albeit at a high personal cost.

Based on these never-before seen materials, testimonies of supporters and opponents and rare archival footage, Golda tells the story of Meir's dramatic premiership – from her surprising rise to power to her iconic international stature as “queen of the Jewish people."


 About the Speakers  

Sagi Bornstein (filmmaker) has more than 15 years of experience as a director, producer and editor of documentary films, reality formats and news. His work includes the documentaries Golda (2019) and #Uploading_Holocaust (2016), and Kafka's Last Story (2011). His films have won awards in European and American film festivals. He studied photography at the Camera Obscura School of Arts in Tel Aviv and worked for several Israeli broadcasters before starting his own production company.

 Udi Nir (filmmaker) is a writer, director and producer. His first feature documentary was #Uploading_Holocaust (2016). He studied playwriting in Israel and created and directed theater stage shows. He worked as a producer at Clipa Theater in Tel Aviv. Before turning to arts, he worked for Amnesty International and other human rights organizations.

Pnina Lahav (discussant) is a Professor of Law at Boston University. She is a graduate of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and of the Yale Law School. She has published extensively on Israeli law and culture, and is author of several books and the upcoming biography Golda Meir: Through the Gender Lens.

 Dov Waxman (moderator) is a Professor and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Chair in Israel Studies at UCLA, where he also directs the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. He joined the UCLA faculty in January 2020 from Northeastern University.

Sponsor(s): Co-sponsored by the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative.