SHORT SYNOPSIS

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation presents a comprehensive examination of the broad and deep connections between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. World-renowned scholars and experts trace the evocative evolution of the relationship between the Jewish people and their homeland that is more than 3,000 years old.

SHORT SYNOPSIS

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation presents a comprehensive examination of the broad and deep connections between the Jewish people and the land of Israel. World-renowned scholars and experts trace the evocative evolution of the relationship between the Jewish people and their homeland that is more than 3,000 years old.

A concise, skillful recounting of the story of the Jewish people and their connection to the land of Israel… the film is as cogent as it is inspiring.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Delivers its passionate case with convincing cogency and a wealth of scholarly information… a vital cinematic addition to Jewish scholarship.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation is a cinematic and educational triumph.

ARUTZ SHEVA / ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS

Greenfield’s film, of necessity, has a darker ending than we would want. But with advocates like the ones she has ingathered for us, it is hardly without hope. It is a must-see film.

AMERICAN THINKER

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Over several decades, we have seen in a growing number of international forums seeking to isolate and remove the state of Israel from the wider family of nations. This is done through deliberate and systematic efforts to erode the moral standing of Israel by ceaseless and relentless stigmatization.

The origins of this campaign to delegitimize Israel can be traced to the Soviet Union. Following the Arab defeat in June 1967, the Soviet Union’s animosity towards Israel intensified. A propaganda campaign against Israel was launched in Soviet mass media with an avalanche of articles, lectures, broadcasts, and film vilifying Judaism, Zionism and Israel. As explained by Professor Robert Wistrich in his landmark study From Ambivalence to Betrayal, “In place of the relentless Nazi myths about ‘Jewish Bolshevism,’ the Soviet communists began to fabricate the equally mendacious thesis of ‘Jewish Nazism’.”

Islamist ideologues understand the durability and power of grossly impudent lies, and have incorporated the erasure of Jewish history and fabrication of pseudo-history into their arsenal. Their intent is nothing less than genocidal.

As Bret Stephens warns the viewer, “the efforts to act as if Israel is a uniquely incorrigible and illegitimate state that has no right to exist is at least as dangerous as Iran’s bid to acquire a nuclear weapon; because it establishes the conditions in which a bid like the Iranian bid can be seen as somehow acceptable.”

That is why Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation had to be made: to set the record straight. The historical connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel is undeniable. The propaganda, myths and misinformation that have been accepted by so many must be debunked.

SCREENINGS

Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation is a powerful and effective educational resource.  Sponsor a screening for your university, community, conference, organization, classroom, church or synagogue. For details on acquiring permission and scheduling a public screening, contact us here.

SCREENING HISTORY

FILM FESTIVALS

• Remi Special Jury Award, Political/International Issues, Houston International Film Festival, 2015
• Official Selection, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2015
• Official Selection, Mobile Jewish Film Festival, 2015
• Official Selection, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, 2014
• Official Selection, New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival, 2014
• Official Selection, Rockland International Jewish Film Festival, 2014

FEATURING (in order of appearance)

RUTH WISSE | JONATHAN SACKS | ROBERT WISTRICH | ISRAEL FINKELSTEIN | AREN MAEIR | ISAIAH GAFNI | ISRAEL BARTAL | JAMES SNYDER | SHALOM PAUL | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON | JEFFREY WOOLF | ELIE ABADIE | SHMUEL TRIGANO | YORAM HAZONY | EINAT WILF | ANITA SHAPIRA | YOSSI KLEIN HALEVI | DEEDEE COLEMAN | RICK RICHMAN | HILLEL HALKIN | BENNY MORRIS | JONATHAN SARNA | MARK KRAMER | EMANUELE OTTOLENGHI | JEFFREY HERF | ALAN BAKER | EUGENE KONTOROVICH | IRWIN COTLER | ALAN DERSHOWITZ | YISRAEL MEDAD | ITAMAR MARCUS | MANFRED GERSTENFELD | LUBA MAYEKISO | SHIMON SAMUELS | YOSEF KUPERWASSER | BRET STEPHENS

DETAILS

TRT: 65 MINUTES | COLOR | 2014

FILMMAKERS

Executive Producer
GEORGE VIOLIN

Producer and Director
GLORIA Z. GREENFIELD

Director of Photography
RICHARD CHISOLM

Editor
DAVID GROSSBACH

Original Music and Arrangement
SHARON FARBER

AVAILABILITY

DVD (NTSC, PAL)
Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV

WEBSITE

bodyandsoulthemovie.com

For us, truth matters. It matters tremendously. And that’s why we call ourselves Doc Emet Productions. Emet means truth in Hebrew. We are all about truth in film.

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