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May 3: Israeli film director

Israeli director Rami Kimchi to present film 'Father Language'


12:14 p.m., April 25, 2012--The acclaimed Israeli film director Rami Kimchi will visit the University of Delaware on Thursday, May 3, presenting his film Father Language at 7 p.m. in 004 Kirkbride Hall. He will discuss the film following the screening.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UD Jewish Studies Program and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, with the support of a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum.

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The film tells the story of the director's father, Jacko Kimchi, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1920. As a young man, Jacko Kimchi he was sent to the island of Rhodes to attend the Sephardic Rabbinical Seminary, but he had to cut short his studies when World War II broke out. 

Afterwards, Jacko Kimchi settled in Israel, and years later, his son took him on a Mediterranean cruise to Rhodes that amounted to a poetic cinematic reflection on father-son relations and on collective lingual-cultural identities that are on the cusp of disappearing. 

The film runs for 49 minutes; afterwards, Kimchi will engage in discussion of the film with the audience.

Kimchi’s films include Galia’s Wedding (1986), Travels with My Brother (1997), Cinema Egypt (2001) and Father Language (2006).

His main interests are in Israeli cinema, modern Hebrew literature, Yiddish literature, Palestinian cinema and Near Eastern cinema. 

Author of many articles, Kimchi received his doctorate in Near Eastern studies from the University of Michigan, his master of advanced studies in Jewish civilization from the University of Paris, and his master of arts in Hebrew literature and his bachelor of arts in film and television from Tel Aviv University.

Kimchi is the winner of several international prizes for his films. He has spent this year as visiting professor at Tulane University in New Orleans. 

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