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Jul 03

Simon Schama’s History of the Jews begins this Sunday in the Slome

JFilm – The next JFilm is on Sunday, 5 July 2015 in the Slome Auditorium at 6.00 p.m.

The Story of the Jews Part 1 out of 5 by Simon Schama.

The acclaimed BBC documentary series, an offbeat and often surprising history over 3000 years by British historian and TV presenter Simon Schama, is  recommended viewing for everyone in our community. The first part, just under an hour long, will be screened this Sunday.

“The Story of the Jews promises to be not only a chronological history, but also a common narrative of what unifies and fortifies Jewish people”.(Neil Midgeley, Daily Telegraph).

For The Guardian, Arifa Akbar said: “Simon Schama’s story was as much an investigation into identity as it was the beginning of a difficult history”.

Writing in The Observer, Andrew Anthony called it “an astonishing achievement, a TV landmark”.

David Hinckley, for the New York Daily News, said: “Schama doesn’t downplay the persecution and martyrdom of Jews throughout history. Neither does he let this interfere with his clear mission of portraying Jewish history as a tale of triumph and celebration”.

Robert Lloyd, TV critic for the Los Angeles Times, said that Schama “has produced a series that is at once informative, entertaining, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and, in its final episode, in which he confronts the paradoxes of modern Israel, more than a little maddening. Like the religion and the culture that surrounds it, each of which loves an argument, it is inconclusive and open to discussion”.

R50 per person including light refreshments.