Previously at the ICA - Films

Still: Kike Like Me

Kike Like Me

14 Nov 2007

Finding himself irritated but intrigued when asked "are you Jewish?", secular young Canadian filmmaker Jamie Kastner takes his cue from documentary cinema's rabble-rouser-in-chief Michael Moore and goes in search of the motivations and meaning behind what he'd long felt to be a loaded question. His odyssey gets under way with a belated barmitzvah in orthodox Brooklyn, before going global and taking him from Amsterdam to Auschwitz, via Jerusalem.

During a brief stopover in London, Kastner investigates whether anti-Semitism is on the rise in Britain, but it's not until a nasty encounter on a Paris housing estate that the film's initially facetious tone darkens. Kastner's final destination, Poland, leaves him appalled and visibly shaken, invoking the ‘Holocaust tourism' debate and in the process eclipsing earlier bagel-shop witticisms. Kastner's approach is guaranteed to divide audiences as much as the film's provocative title. Whatever your view his journey is undeniably eye-opening.

Kike Like Me featured in the BBC's ground-breaking documentary strand Storyville.

The director, Jamie Kastner, will attend the screening. After the screening he will be in conversation with Jonny Persey, whose credits include Deep Water, The Pied Piper of Hutzovina, Wondrous Oblivion and Everyone's Child.

In partnership with the Jewish Community Centre for London.

 

 

Dir Jamie Kastner, Canada 2007, 83 mins, English/French/German with English subtitles

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