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"Israelism" Film Screening and Director Q&A

Eric Axelman, Dov Waxman

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The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center invites UCLA students to attend this free, in-person sneak preview screening of the film Israelism. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director, Eric Axelman.

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
UCLA James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall, Rm. 409
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The maximum capacity for this event has been reached. Attendees will need to have pre-registered to attend this event.

A few seats have been reserved specifically for UCLA students, faculty, and staff who did no have the opportunity to RSVP. Please bring your UCLA ID to the venue, and you will given a ticket for the screening.

Organized by the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies and co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies. 

About the Film

When two young American Jews raised to unconditionally love Israel witness the way Israel treats Palestinians, their lives take sharp left turns. They join a movement of young American Jews battling the old guard to fight for Palestinian equality and redefine Judaism’s relationship with Israel, revealing a deepening generational divide over modern Jewish identity.

Israel is central to the political and cultural life of the American Jewish community. But it has also become a deeply divisive subject, as painful cracks have emerged within the Jewish community over the Israel-Palestine conflict, inspiring argument, protest and even censorship. Israelism explores the past, present and future of the relationship between American Jews and Israel. Dozens of American Jewish thinkers, community leaders and activists share stories of falling in and out of love with Israel, and competing visions for a Jewish future, while Israelis and Palestinians describe how their lives are affected by the decisions of a community half a world away. Israelism asks how and why Israel became the cornerstone of American Judaism, what the consequences have been, and what will happen as divisions continue to grow. Learn more at Israelism's website.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Language: English

"Israelism traces the fight of the growing movement for freedom and dignity for all, which is truly the fight for the soul of the Jewish community." – Medium

 About the Speaker

Eric Axelman is a trans Jewish filmmaker based out of Somerville, MA. Israelism is their directorial debut. Eric is the co-founder of Tikkun Olam Productions, the nonprofit filmmaking collective producing Israelism that focuses on documenting and supporting movements for justice. Eric has produced videos for Senator Ed Markey, as well as Congressman Jamaal Bowman. They’ve also produced a series of short videos with Jacob Blake, who was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.





DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions of our guest speakers and the content of their presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Hosting speakers does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker's views or opinions.

Sponsor(s): Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Center for Near Eastern Studies