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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind


Sponsored By

Micki Moore & Leonard Simpson

Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Sweden
Year 2021
Running Time 94 MIN
Language English
Director Stig Björkman

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Lauded as “America’s foremost woman of letters,” Joyce Carol Oates has penned over 100 novels across a variety of genres throughout her award winning career. In this illuminating documentary, Oates discusses the societal events that informed her writing. Raised nominally as Catholic, she discovered later in life that her grandmother was a Jew who fled Germany and kept her identity hidden. We follow her to Israel as she accepts the Jerusalem Prize, lamenting her lost cultural heritage and acknowledging that her respect for culture and art was inherited from her grandmother. Fans of JCO will not want to miss this comprehensive examination of her life and art.

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Review “Watching Joyce Carol Oates: A Body in the Service of Mind feels like getting away with something. Humble genius has sat down with us, so that we may know it.” - Stix Picks