Jewish and Israeli Music in Films

Database of documentaries, features and other film footage that contain relevant materials on Jewish and Israeli music. It also includes articles that discuss aspects of Jewish and Israeli musical representation in films.

Le Blues du Yiddish

Directed by Sylvie Anne Goldberg and Alex Szalat
This film is about Yiddish culture in Paris. The soundtrack features Yiddish songs and there are also performances of songs such as, David Meyerovitz's Vos Geven is Geven Un Mito and Jennie Goldstein and Morris Rund's Ikh Bin a Mame. Both are performed by Talila, the Jewish French singer and actress.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
2005

Tree of Life

Directed by John Ferno

This film, narrated by Laurence Olivier, contains performances of both secular and religious music in Israel. This includes praying at the Western Wall, a Jazz version of the Song of Songs, an Upsherin (the ceremonial first haircut when a boy is three years old) ceremony with dancing and singing, and lighting of Hannuka candles in different traditions such as, Persian, Yemenite, and secular.

Material Type: 
Films
Year: 
1971

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