Meet the Director - JTS Film Series "Amos Gitai: Architecture and Israel"

The Jewish Theological Seminary
invites you to

Amos Gitai: Architecture and Israel
Meet the World-Renowned Director and
JTS Ginor Visiting Professor of Israel Studies, Fall 2013, at the
American Premiere of His Newest Film Series

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Richard Peña
Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University; 
former director, New York Film Festival; co-host, PBS's Reel 13

"Sacred Places and Spaces"
Sunday, October 6, 2013: 3:30-6:00 p.m.
Opening Night Reception to Follow

"Architecture as History"
Wednesday, October 9, 2013: 7:00-9:30 p.m.

"Living Spaces"
Monday, October 14, 2013: 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Monday, October 21, 2013: 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Each program will screen three films featuring noted architects, archeologists, historians, or authors who are experts in Israeli architecture-biblical, historical, and contemporary-and its effects on Jewish life and community. These will be followed by a discussion with the films' director, Amos Gitai, and noted architects, filmmakers, critics, or JTS faculty, including Adina, Hoffman, Stuart Klawans, David Kraemer, Phillip Lopate, Barbara Mann, and Madeline Schwartzman.

Tickets: $36 (entire series); $18 (entire series for students)
$18 (per program); $5 (per program for students)

The Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City

RSVP now at
and learn more about each of the four Amos Gitai programs.

Contact Marilyn Nichols at or (212) 678-8942 with questions.
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

The Jewish Theological Seminary is pleased to present this event with the generous support of the Consulate General of Israel in New York, Office of Cultural Affairs in the USA.

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Amos Gitai, one of the most respected auteur filmmakers on the international scene, is known especially for his movies on Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish-Arab conflict. He is the Jewish Theological Seminary's Ginor Visiting Professor of Israel Studies for fall 2013. A director who began his career by capturing on Super-8 film the action of his Israeli Defense Forces helicopter missions during the Yom Kippur War, he left his architectural studies-having followed in his Bauhaus architect father's footsteps-and instead made architecture a frequent character in his films and documentaries. Based in Israel, the United States, and France, he has produced a wide-ranging and deeply personal body of work. In approximately 80 films and documentaries-including Free Zone with Natalie Portman (2005) and Disengagement with Juliette Binoche (2007)-he has explored layers of Israeli and Middle Eastern history through such themes as homeland and exile, religion, social control, and utopia.

Gitai's work has been the subject of major retrospectives, notably at the Centre Pompidou (Paris); National Film Theatre (now BFI Southbank) and Institute of Contemporary Arts (London); Lincoln Center (New York); Berlin's Kunst-Werk; and cinematheques in Madrid, Jerusalem, Paris, São Paulo, Tokyo, Toronto, and other locations. He is a winner of the L'Association Francaise des Amis du Musee d'Art de Tel Aviv 2008 Contemporary Art Prize, and was named by France's Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication as a 2013 Officier de L'ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He graduated as an architect from Haifa's Israel Institute of Technology, and earned his PhD in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gitai's newest film, Ana Arabia, whose scenes were each shot in one take, was presented at the Venice Film Festival. The work of his father, Munio Gitai Weinraub, will soon be on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and at the Museum of Architecture that Amos Gitai established in his father's memory in Haifa, the Israeli city that owes much of its architecture to Gitai Weinraub.