The UCSD Judaic Studies Program presents:

"The Night of Fools" Film Screening

by Rami Kimchi, PhD.
Ariel University, Marze Bachir (Assistant Professor)

In the fall months of 1942, Algeria’s Jews had suffered massive discrimination at the hand of the Vichy Regime, the domestic fascist government under German influence.  Jews in Algeria had been French citizens since 1870, and as they began to lose their rights beginning in 1940, young and educated Algerian Jews were catalysts in organizing resistance to the Vichy regime.  On the eve of the American landing in North Africa on November 8th, 315 Jews participated in the Resistance efforts which succeeded in taking temporary control of Algeria’s capital city, Algiers.  In this new documentary film by Rami Kimchi, viewers learn the unknown story of how a dynamic circle of young Jews helped free Algeria from the yoke of the Vichy administration.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
5:00 pm
Price Center Theater
UC San Diego
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Rami Kimchi

Rami Kimchi is an Israeli culture critic and filmmaker. His films include Galia's Wedding (1986), Travels with My Brother (1997), Cinema Egypt (2001), Father Language (2006), and The Night of Fools (2014). His main research interests are Israeli cinema, modern Hebrew literature, Yiddish literature, Palestinian cinema, and Near Eastern cinema. He has published a book, The Israeli Shtetls, Bourekas Films, and Yiddish Literature (2012, Resling ), and articles in Shofar, Reeh, Balshanoot Ivrit, Dapim, Moreshet Israe, and Hakivoon Mizrach.

Kimchi received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, and his BA in Film Television from Tel Aviv University. He was the winner of the Dov Sadan Prize for Hebrew Literature in 1993 and won international prizes for his film Galia's Wedding at the International Film Festival in Jerusalem in 1987 (best short fiction) and the Munich International Film Festival in 1986 (best program).