A Woman Called Golda (Part II) and A Dream of Justice and Freedom (Free film!)

Where Seminary, 123, main floor

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict in Film class will feature the second part of “A Woman Called Golda.”

Below is a brief synopsis of the film:

As one legend playing another, Ingrid Bergman gives a shattering portrayal of Golda Meir, the first female prime minister of Israel. In fact, the film is shot through with drama, both onscreen and off, as the viewer is reminded that this fearless performance, for which Bergman won an Emmy, was her last; she died just three months after the film was aired in 1982. The biography of Meir is well known, and well told here: The daughter of Ukrainian refugees, she grew up in Milwaukee, and became involved in Zionist politics at an early age. She and her husband moved to a kibbutz in Palestine in the ’20s—and there she focused her life on helping to establish a Jewish homeland in Israel. The supporting cast is splendid, with Judy Davis playing the young idealist Golda, and Leonard Nimoy, never better, playing Golda’s politically active, and always supportive, husband. But the film belongs to Bergman, who so completely inhabits the look and mannerisms of Meir that she seems to fit comfortably inside Meir’s skin. Gone is any trace of the glamorous movie star—but in its place is something even more compelling, and ultimately more beautiful: a performance haunting, powerful, and unquestionably inspirational.

The second half of the class will feature “A Dream of Justice and Freedom with Hanan Ashrawi.”

Dr. Robert Bersson (Faculty Emeritus from James Madison University and Adjunct Professor at the Center for Interfaith Engagement at EMU) will present the film and facilitate discussion at the end of the film.

This is the next film in a series from a course that CIE is providing to the community: Israel/Palestinian Conflict in Film, which will meet every Wednesday, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm in the Seminary Building, Room 123. Please call (540) 432-4674 with any questions.

Intended Audience General Public

Tags Center-for-Interfaith-Engagement, ACRS, CJP, FILM, Intellectual Life, Arts

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Name Center for Interfaith Engagement