PRESS & REVIEWS:
"Young Jewish and Left provides a beautiful cross-section of today's visionary thinkers, activists, and artists. The film celebrates the profound legacy of resistance among Jews – and criticizes the reactionary elements in Jewish communities, from the occupation to assimilation, patriarchy and homophobia. And it calls the Left to task for generally lacking an understanding of Jewish history or culture."
"Young, Jewish, and Left is a wonderful collection of powerful stories about the motivations, conflicts, and visions of young, Jewish activists who are drawing on their Jewish heritage to build a better world. I encourage Jewish organizations to screen the film in your community."
"I found [Young, Jewish, and Left] extremely inspiring and important and
recommend it highly for other non Jews engaged in activism and organizing. . . The US left has always benefited from the leadership of radical
Jews, and this film continues that tradition."
"[Young, Jewish and Left] is a fascinating effort by new filmmakers Konnie Chameides and Irit Reinheimer which highlights the plight of an oft-ignored faction of liberal Jews who are facing exclusion because of their progressive politics. . .The emotion on the faces of those being interviewed immediately reveals that this cause is not just some leftist political fabrication, but a real source of discontent for many young, radical Jews . . .Filmmakers Chameides and Reinheimer have done a terrific job allowing their subjects to reveal themselves simply and without excessive adornment."
"[Young, Jewish, and Left] is a remarkable
safe space--a place where the pretense of singularity in Jewish thought
is shattered, and where Jews are free to be Jewish on their own terms."
“If today’s Jewish film festivals pick up YJL, it could
make headway toward broadening American Jewish identity. . . . I felt empowered
by the self-determination of these young Jews building radical communities.
. . It is my hope that the messages contained in YJL will resonate
and lead to the healthy dialogue among Jews that the film itself testifies
"It really made me think hard about all different Jews and their beliefs and what they have gone through. I am glad i was there for the screening because i wouldn't realize what other Jews do or go through."
"As for my students, it was so key for them to see other young Jews talking about their own Jewish identities and about creating something that really means something to them, seeing real people talk about these creations of Jewishness and Judaism is very powerful.
"In the very Jewish sense of debate, the movie raises more questions than it answers ... and sheds light on an often marginalized yet quite diverse section of the Jewish population at the edge of change. . . This piece opens a doorway to engage in intergenerational and cross-political conversations."
". . .Fascinating, exposing a Judaism deeply embedded with artistic creativity,
solidarity activism, queer performance, and radical alliance building."
". . . Proves that the legacy of Jewish socialists, anarchists, feminists,
Yippies, hippies, organizers, and agitators of the past century lives on. .
Nominated - Best Documentary, 2006 ARPA International Film Festival
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