Peripheral Visions (Shorts Program)

Yael Bridge, director of Los Últimos Judíos de Guantánamo, expected to attend

A minority within a minority and a diaspora within a diaspora, the experiences of Jews of Color are often treated as peripheral to a mainstream understanding of Jewish identity grounded in European Jewish history. A shift in perspective reveals the way Jews of Color and their experiences connect the Jewish community to the world around us through the intersections they share with other marginalized groups. This series of short films, curated by and for Jews of Color but open to all,  will explore the diverse experiences of JOC related to themes of race, belonging, migration, diaspora, and the transmission of culture. The evening will conclude with a celebration of the cultural richness of JOC identities through food, music, and community. 


Facing the Wall
In the Garden of Tulips
Los Últimos Judíos de Guantánamo (The Last Jews of Guantanamo)
Maurice's Bar
Puerto Rican Jew

Peripheral Visions was programmed by guest curators Noemie Hakim-Serfaty and Rebecca Pierce with support from the JFI Programming team.

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Oakland-based Noémie Hakim-Serfaty is a filmmaker and editor passionate about telling stories of women and their relationship with justice, feminism and matriarchal ancestry. She started her film career working as an Assistant Director and Assistant to Art Director on award-winning films such as The Untouchables. Her first documentary, Des Agrégations (2015), about the sexist and colonial biases of the French school system, toured French schools and universities, and started a nationwide conversation on school reform. Noemie currently works as the Community Programs Manager at Urban Adamah in Berkeley, where she has done ground-breaking work for Arab-Jewish cultural reclamation through film screenings, workshops and retreats.

Rebecca Pierce is a Black Jewish writer and filmmaker based in San Francisco. With works ranging from documentary films and political essays to sketch comedy, Rebecca's multimedia storytelling covers diverse topics related to politics, culture, and social justice. An alumna of UC Santa Cruz's Film and Digital Media program, Rebecca was a 2021 JFI Filmmaker in Residence and a 2019-2020 Affiliate Fellow at Harvard Divinity School's Center for Religion and Public Life. Her writing has been published in Jewish Currents, The Nation, The New Republic, The Jewish Daily Forward, and +972 Magazine.

Sponsored by the Jews of Color Initiative


Saturday July 27, 2024
6:00 p.m.
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