@arielxpink talk about his music and the jewish race and religion

From 10:51 on: Ariel Pink: “…race, not a religion, that means like..I’m from the tribe of Abraham. It means I can’t deny my judaism, based on their rules, like I can’t say ‘I’m not jew’. But the fact is I’m not of the bloodline.”

Interviewer: “You didn’t choose to be chosen.”

Ariel Pink: “I was mistakingly chosen, and now they’re just like ‘You’re jewish, come on!’ They just wanna, like cover it up. But that’s the kind of jews we have now a days, so fly-by-night jews. And I take religion very seriously, I actually do! I really really really respect it, but I think that all jews should be at the wall and pray now, not being rock stars.”


Golda Meir Said Palestinians Do Not Exist. She Has A Top Score At jewornotjew.com

They Do Not Exist (Laysa lahum wujud) was directed by Mustafa Abu Ali in 1974, who took his title from the remark made by Golda Meir that the Palestinians do not exist. Abu Ali, one of the first Palestinian filmmakers and founder of the PLO’s film division, began making films in 1968 in Jordan, along with Sulafa Jadallah and Hani Jawhariya. After Black September, Abu Ali and the others had to leave Jordan but continued making resistance films in Lebanon.

Abu Ali was able to return to Palestine after the signing of the Oslo Accords, following 47 years of exile as a refugee. However, he is forbidden by Israeli law to live in, or even visit, his hometown of Maliha (in the Jerusalem district) and must live in Ramallah — only 15 kilometers away. Maliha was attacked in July of 1948 and partially demolished by the Zionist forces. All the inhabitants, including Abu Ali, were ethnically cleansed and became refugees never allowed to return to their homes. Today, most Israelis know the area only as the Malcha Shopping Mall or Kenion.

Abu Ali’s contribution to Palestinian cinema is significant, as well as his contribution to international cinema. He worked with Jean-Luc Godard, who always said his soul is Palestinian, on the acclaimed film Ici et Ailleurs. Godard is “a great filmmaker; dedicated, creative and imagnitatve. We were both concerned to find the right film language appropriate to the struggle for freedom,” says Abu Ali.

(source: http://ubu.com/film/abu-ali.html)

#Godard #JeanLucGodard #Palestine #newwave #cinema

Here and Elsewhere (French: Ici et Ailleurs) is a 1976 documentary film by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville, made using footage from Jusqu’à la victoire, a 1970 pro-Palestinian film made by Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin as part of Dziga Vertov Group.

Ici et Ailleurs marks the beginning of Godard’s transitional period, which found him experimenting with video and moving from political polemics to an examination of the way people perceive themselves and others; as such, it shares many of the traits of both his radical-era films and the video-centered work that followed while simultaneously providing a critique of the Dziga Vertov Group’s ideas and methods. It is also one of his first projects with Miéville, who has remained the major collaborator in his life and work since. (wikipedia)

Actress Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism

says Haaretz.com:

«Actress Zooey Deschanel has converted to Judaism.

Deschanel, the daughter of a Quaker and Roman Catholic, converted shortly before marrying producer Jacob Pechenik, Us Weekly reported Monday. The article did not say what denomination of rabbi supervised her conversion.

The two married in June, a month before the birth of their daughter, Elsie.

“Zooey con­verted to Judaism for Jacob,” an unidentified “insider” told the celebrity magazine.

Deschanel, 35, stars in the Fox sitcom “New Girl” and has appeared in numerous films, including “Mumford” and “Almost Famous.”»

Here’s a picture from the film 500 Days of Summer, in which Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the lovesick male role, and Zooey the woman who just want to be friends. According to wikipedia Gordon-Levitt  is Jewish, from a family that is “not strictly religious”; his parents were among the founders of the Progressive Jewish Alliance» So if Zooey had chosen him she would maybe still been a Qauker/Chatholic, but then again, that was just a movie.

Collage of Jesse Eisenberg, Susan Sontag And Bosnia

The Short Story “An Email Exchange With My First Girlfriend, Which at a Certain Point Is Taken Over By My Older Sister, a College Student Studying the Bosnian Genocide,” from Jesse Eisenbergs new book Bream Gives Me Hiccups is really funny and a little heartbreaking. One can learn a lot from it about both relations between post Sovjet states and relationships between couples. Eisenberg has been involved with Bosnia in his acting too. Under here you can see some stills from that. And at the bottom there’s a still from the documentary Regarding Susan Sontag, it’s a clip from her instruction to the staging of Waiting for Godot in Sarajevo.

Still from The Hunting Party (2007)
Still from The Hunting Party (2007)
Another still from The Hunting Pary
Another still from The Hunting Pary
A third still from The Hunting Party
A third still from The Hunting Party
Susan Sontag and an actor in Sarajevo 1993 instructioning a staging of Beckett's Waiting For Godot
Susan Sontag and an actor in Sarajevo 1993 instructioning a staging of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

Bob Dylan-Bobby Fischer-Tobey Maguire-Collage

Dylan’s performance of «With God on Our Side» on the album Bob Dylan Unplugged, released in 1995, significantly omits verses about the Germans and the Holocaust, and the Russians and the Cold War, for unspecified reasons.

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Jesse Eisenberg’s Involvolvement With Israel&Gaza Themed Art

From http://animalnewyork.com:

«Jesse Eisenberg is starring in a new movie that uses Brooklyn’s Red Hook as a backdrop for the war-torn Gaza Strip, but has recreated Palestinian propaganda posters without using proper Arabic.

A scene set up on Thursday for Louder Than Bombs called for female actors wearing headscarves — presumably Palestinian Muslims — who were instructed to scream and run past a wall plastered in graffiti, the Palestinian flag, and Palestinian propaganda. But the writing on the latter set of posters doesn’t make sense.

Unlike English script, in Arabic, letters are connected to form a word. In the posters on the set of Louder Than Bombs, these connections are missing, making the Arabic look like a WingDings font rather than words. ANIMAL’s photographer Aymann Ismail was on the scene and noted, “It’s Arabic, but it looks like they didn’t do any homework.”


The translated text seems like it should read, from right to left, “Together we are strong” and “In the memory of a martyr and a son for his efforts in fighting injustice/tyranny.”

ANIMAL reached out to the film’s primary production company, the French-based Memento Films, via e-mail, as well as NYC-based Animal Kingdom, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

Louder Than Bombs is the English-language debut from Norwegian director Joachim Trier about a family that struggles to reconcile conflicting memories of the family matriarch, a late war photographer. Jesse Eisenberg and Devin McKenzie Druid play the sons, Gabriel Byrne stars as their father, and Isabelle Huppert stars the photographer. The movie began filming in New York September 5th.

(Photo: Aymann Ismail/ANIMALNewYork)»

My comment: this is a film I look forward to watch, the director has made beautiful new wave films before, and it stars Jesse Eisenberg ’nuff said. Here’s the opening montage of Trier’s film Oslo, August 31st:

From http://www.independent.co.uk:

«Safety fears, political opposition and controversy have prevented the majority of Western acts scheduled to appear inIsrael over the past weeks from doing so.

The Backstreet Boys, Cee Lo Green and Megadeth are among the many who have cancelled live shows in the country, as thedeath toll in Gaza reaches over 1,834 Palestinians – many casualties of which are civilian – since the Israel Defence Forcesbegan its military campaign “Protective Edge” on 8 July.

More than a quarter of Gaza’s 1.8 million residents have been displaced and as many as 3,000 Palestinian homes are said to have been destroyed or damaged.

Meanwhile, Israel has lost 64 soldiers in combat and three civilians to Palestinian cross-border rocket and mortar fire that has emptied many of its southern villages.

So it would have been an easy, and perhaps advisable, decision for actor Jesse Eisenberg to follow suit and cancel his trip to the country last week.

However, the Social Network actor – who is of Polish and Ukrainian Jewish descent – decided to honour his arrangement to perform in the Hebrew translation of his play The Revisionistat the ZOA House theatre in Tel Aviv.

The Revisionist tells the story of an American-Jewish writer who visits his aunt – a Holocaust survivor – in Poland in a bid to appease his writer’s block.

“I had a trip planned prior to the war breaking out and I kept my plan. I knew I would be safe where I was going, I thought I’d be OK to go and I was,” he told The Independent’s Jessica Bartlett.

Far from being criticised for his decision, Eisenberg – who recently appeared in The Double and Night Moves – said that the response to his work was “wonderful”.

“The fact that it was on during this critical time made it a little different; my play is about reconciliation of the past and overcoming differences, so it’s not like a play that in any way is in conflict with what people over there want to talk about now.

“That night in the theatre there was a discussion afterwards and it was about reconciliation and family and things that people wanted to address, especially in this difficult time.”

Eisenberg stopped short of giving his own opinion on Israel-Gaza – unlike an ever-growing number of famous faces who have passed comment on the conflict.

Wonder Woman star Gal GadotBill MaherJoan Rivers and Angelina Jolie’s father, the veteran actor Jon Voight, have all expressed their support for the IDF.

Meanwhile Zayn Malik, Rihanna, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardemand Russell Brand have declared their support for the plight of the displaced Palestinian people.»