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Constructing Space, Changing Reality of Israel through Film (Book chapter)

Book title: Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 105-123 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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This paper investigates the ways in which filmmakers through cinematic space frame reality, mediating the issues of conflict and reconciliation, religion and identity(ies) within Israel. Cinematic space depicts and expresses borders through elements of film language, such as mise-en-scène, montage and the disruption of temporal reality. By (re) framing meanings cinema questions existing socio-political realities, and their impact on the individual or whole communities. The microcosmic realities which constitute different communities within Israel’s wider socio-political reality are built and confronted through the cinematic space. The cinema thus becomes a site through which existing realities are reflected and new realities are constructed, opening up possibilities for transformation. In other words, how film frames an ‘alternative reality(ies)’ is a question related to the construction of space, which will be addressed in this paper. The paper focuses on two films: WEST OF THE JORDAN RIVER (Amos Gitai, 2017) and GEULA (Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov, 2018). I juxtapose these two diametrically different films in order to assess the ways in which the cinematic space functions as a direct site for negotiating the identities, religious belonging, and the different communities’ relation to the geographical space of Israel. The analysis of these two films aims to ‘sharpen the focus’ on cinematic space as a continuum in which such complex realities are expressed, renegotiated, and transformed.

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Activist Citizenship, Film and Peace-building (Book chapter)

Book title: "I Sing the body electric". Body, Voice, Technology and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000461 Year: Volume: 2/1 Pages: 73-89 Language: english
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"I Sing the body electric". Body, Voice, Technology and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000461 Year: Volume: 2/1 Pages: 130 Language: english
Publisher: Schüren Verlag
Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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In his controversial poem “I Sing the Body Electric”, Walt Whitman glorified the human body in all its forms. The world according to Whitman is physical and sensual. Bodies are our fundamental way of being – being in the here and now, being in time and space. Bodies we have and bodies we are are as much sensed, felt, experienced, seen, or heard as they are material objects.2 As bodies, we are in space, and through our bodies, their processes, their practices, their skills, we leave traces in space and time and extend ourselves in space. Bodies that extend and reach out and communicate through voice, as well as how voice materialises the immaterial, was the topic of a colloquium, “I Sing the Body Electric”, held at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, in 2014, which in turn inspired the following special issue of the Journal for Religion, Film and Media (JRFM).Following on from the colloquium’s inspiration, this JRFM issue is dedicated to the interrelation between religion, body, technology, and voice and its analysis from an interdisciplinary perspective using approaches from musicology, philosophy, and religious studies.

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Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 153 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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This thematic issue seeks to provide a more nuanced and more complicated history of how historical narratives about the life of Jesus were produced and circulated in European culture. The focus on media is one of the most innovative ways to provide such an involved history, pointing to the cultural history of scholarship and the many ways in which societies produce historical representations of theological themes.

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