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Jews, The: A People's History

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Item Number:
KUL D4429
265 min.
Closed Caption:
This five part documentary explores 4000 years of Jewish history, starting with the origins of the Jewish people in the Middle East right through to present day Judaism.

The series researches the roots of the Jewish people, seeking clues about Judaism at the archaeological excavation sites, the centers of culture and in the written "evidence" of the Jewish Diaspora.

"The purpose of the documentary is to give the public deeper insight, beyond the Holocaust and Israeli politics, of the Jewish people," Nina Koshofer, director of the documentary, said. "We wanted to enlighten people on the historical development of Jews and their faith. We chose people with whom the public could identify."

Koshofer has focused most of her attention on known personalities. "We also want to show the diversity of the Jewish people - the rich and the poor, the famous and unknowns... We also wanted to try and answer the question that perhaps never really can be answered - 'who is Jewish' and 'what is Jewish'...." Koshofer added.

Koshofer said she is aiming to show that the answers to many questions are as varied as the number of Jews who live in the world today. "One cannot portrait Jews as one idea or ideal."

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