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'Between Two Worlds': Kenneth Turan's film pick

October 27, 2011 |  8:30 am

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"Between Two Worlds," a new documentary by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufmann, is fascinating not because it has any answers but because of the provocative questions it raises. This is a candid look at the way the American Jewish community has been bitterly divided over attitudes toward Israel.

The film begins by detailing the controversy that raged when the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival showed “Rachel,” a documentary about Rachel Corrie, an American peace activist killed by an Israeli bulldozer, but broadens to include a battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus.

The film’s overall focus, however, is the debate over what Jewish values are and who gets to decide what being Jewish means. It may be a problem without a solution, but that makes for an involving film.

Showing one night only, "Between Two Worlds" will be screened  Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at UCLA’s Young Hall, Room CS24.


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-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: UC Berkeley student supporters of divestment from Israel in a scene from "Between Two Worlds." Credit: Snitow-Kaufman Productions

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