Winner! International Focal Award
“Appealing across the board.” Los Angeles Times
“Essential viewing.” Time Out New York
“Educates and entertains.” Chicago Sun Times
“Richly detailed, highly absorbing.” Chicago Reader
Yves Jeuland’s masterful, sweeping documentary explores the rich and complex history of Jews in France, the first country to grant Jews citizenship. Beginning with Revolutionary cries of Vive la France in Yiddish, the film explores the explosive Dreyfus Affair, the Vichy government’s collaboration with the Nazis, and the absorption of Sephardic Jews from Arab countries in the decades after WWII. Being Jewish in France confidently continues into the 21st century, investigating charges of rising antisemitism and the county’s complex attitudes toward Israel.
A fascinating and provocative exploration of French-Jewish history, Being Jewish in France is given vivid human dimension by interviews with more than a dozen leading French politicians, intellectuals and artists including Robert Badinter, Théo Klein, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, and Jean Benguigui. Presenting a treasure trove of lush archival material, memorable music, and clips from classic French films,Being Jewish in France is poised to become the definitive film on the topic. Narrated by Mathieu Amalric, star of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Being Jewish in France has been generously underwritten by Season Underwriter Satya Kirsch in memory of her son, Jesse Leibowitz