Joseph Cedar, the acclaimed Israeli film writer and director, will be in Chicago for a number of programs Sunday and Monday, Oct. 21-22, and then be on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on Tuesday.
On Sunday, Cedar will speak at the University of Chicago in a Chicago Humanities Festival event called "Beyond Hollywood: The Ascendant Israeli Film Scene." The Israel Studies Project of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago is a co-sponsor of the event, and Cedar will be introduced by Michael Kotzin, Senior Counselor to the President of the Federation. Cedar will interviewed by Rachel Harris, a University of Illinois scholar of Israeli culture.
Cedar's most recent film, "Footnote," which was an Academy Award nominee last year, will be shown on campus that evening. On Monday, Cedar will be involved in other programming at the University of Chicago, and that afternoon he will participate in a program at the Chicago International Film Festival.
On Tuesday, Cedar will spend the day on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, as part of the Artist in Residence Program there supported by the Federation's Israel Studies Project. Events that day will include a session with the Jewish Studies faculty and an evening program at the campus Hillel, the Margie K. & Louis N. Cohen Center, which will involve a screening of "Footnote" and a discussion session with Cedar. A large turnout is expected for this program.
"While Cedar is still relatively young, he already has created a number of notable films that have been extremely well received both in Israel and internationally," Kotzin said. "He stands high on the list of those who have brought about a cultural renaissance in Israel in recent years, and it will be exciting and important for him to be on these campuses."