Friday, December 21, 2007

Kike Like Me to air on American television


Jamie Kastner, a filmmaker from Toronto who made headlines earlier this year when his latest documentary, Kike Like Me, was featured as part of the Hot Docs Film Festival, a Canadian international documentary film fest, is about to have his film air for the first time on American television on Monday on the Sundance Channel.

The film, which Kastner wrote, directed and produced, examines the question of what it means to be perceived as Jewish. Throughout the film, Kastner challenges people about their perceptions of Jews, while never revealing whether he himself is Jewish.

He visits with Lubavitcher rabbis in Brooklin, he gets into a heated argument with Muslims in a Paris suburb who say, "If you're a Jew, then we don't like you," and he visits the death camp in Auschwitz, where he is turned off by the fact that there are gift shops and hot dog stands on the site of one of the world's worst crimes against humanity.

The New York Times ran an interesting article about Kastner and his provocative film.
Check it out.

3 comments:

Blintzkrieg said...

Yeah, I remember reading about this. I also remember thinking that Kastner's refusal to reveal if he's Jewish or not was kind of silly.

Jorge said...

It sounds good despite it's title.

Once again, this was a piece with little editorializing and there's no reason Hipster couldn't have used his/her real name.

Blintz - you didn't comment on my response posted on the Facebook story.

Blintzkrieg said...

Jorge, as mentioned the editorial staff will discuss this issue in the New Year. Thanks for the feedback.

Re: your Facebook response (Sorry... it gets tough to track all the posts as they pile up)

Do you have kids in Jewish parochial school in Mexico? If so, how do they find their education?