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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Kike Like Me

Yesterday, when I was visiting my sons' Jerusalem abode, I was shown the "trailer" of a movie which had impressed one of them, Kike Like Me.

He once saw it on Holocaust Day. Since then he found the trailer but not the movie. Kike Like Me is written, directed and produced by Canadian, Jamie Kastner.

It's a documentary, a serious one which uses the same basic structure, a series of interviews, Sacha Cohen employs, but this is a serious and definitely subtle movie.
Mr. Kastner shows that to be a Jew still matters in the 21st century, he added, even though “sometimes his glibness gets in the way” of making that point.
Mr. Kastner, however, was not so glib when asked what his road trip revealed.
“The conclusion, such as it is, is depressing, really,” he said. “You’re pinned down potentially to what your worst enemy says you are, given the current state of identity. You become heir to the Auschwitz nightmare or the kid on the street who says ‘dirty Jew.’” (complete article)

Now, I'm also curious to see it. Please be warned that the clip contains offensive visuals, just one short scene, obviously I have no control over it. I guess that means that the movie has more. Sorry

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

whoa.....
i am going to give you the benefit of the doubt-
you may have not noticed but you posted a clip that contains nudity and foul language. please, in the least, give warning before you do so again. i truly wasn't expecting to see that on your blog.

muse said...

oops!

Anonymous said...

I just watched 2 minutes of the clip to get the idea.

Thanks anonymous for the heads-up.

From what I saw, it reminds me, in a way, of Watermelon Man.

muse said...

shy, the last minute is good, too, gets the final message. If someone would just get that one quick scene out, it would be fine.

Batya said...

It seems like an amazing movie, shy.

Anonymous said...

i remember watching that movie... the part at the beginning with the frum jewish man helping him put on tefillin was really sweet. what had happened was jamie, who is not jewish, was walking thru a frum neighbourhood - and he looked a little bit uncomfortable and out of place too. so the frum man takes notice of him and stops to greet him. you can literally see how excited he is to come upon a "secular jew" and his face is filled with hope as he asks jamie if he is jewish. jamie lies and says yes to see what will happen, and the man gets this huge smile on his face and invites him to that study hall and walks in and just loudly announces to everybody there that jamie has never put on tefillin and he is going it for the first time. so all of those students crowd around him to pat him on the back and help him out as he learns how to do it. its an amazing scene and its just a shame that jamie is not actually jewish. imagine how great it would be if all frum jews would embrace secular jews in this way? soon there would be no secular jews left.

however the rest of the movie is really hard to watch. jamie spends so much of it talking to anti-semites - i remember one scene in france where jamie is interviewing a few young jewish women on the streets and a bunch of arab youths are standing around watching and eventually there is a huge shouting match with them shouting racist things and the poor jewish women are trying not to cry and saying "this is how it is for us in france."

muse said...

thanks for your input

So, in a sense it's more like "Gentleman's Agreement."

Don't forget that bystanders and interviewees saw the cameras and played to them.