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

Who's Afraid of Jewish Humor? Jüdisches Leben, Jüdischer Humor


Screening Information

Canadian Premiere
June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Germany
Year 2021
Running Time 71 MIN
Language German
Subtitles English
Director Jascha Hannover

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Award-winning director Jascha Hannover and writer Arkadij Khaeth (Masel Tov Cocktail, TJFF2021) explore Jewish humour through a variety of perspectives, ranging from Jewish history and culture to the Torah and psychoanalysis. At the core of the film’s conversation about the source and meaning of popular Jewish jokes, emerges a provocative debate about the thin line separating self-deprecation from Jewish caricatures and stereotypes. With an international scope, the film travels from Germany to Israel to France and to America, discussing a wide range of writers and material, such as Ephraim Kishon’s success in Germany to the Jewish roots of Asterix and Israel’s hit TV sketch show, Eretz Nehederet.

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Jascha Hannover and Co-Writer Arkadij Khaeth
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