Young, Jewish, and Left (2006)


A celebration of diversity, Young, Jewish and Left weaves queer culture, Jewish Arab history, secular Yiddishkeit, anti-racist analysis, and religious/spiritual traditions into a multi-layered tapestry of Leftist politics. Personal experiences from many of today’s leading Jewish activists reframe the possibilities of Jewish identity. It presents a fresh and constructive take on race, spirituality, Zionism, queerness, resistance, justice, and liberation.

Young, Jewish, and Left was shot throughout the US and focuses on Jews who came of age after the New Left movements of the 60’s and 70’s. Activists from the previous generation provide historical context. Music by Mirah, Nomy Lamm, and the Divahn.

“Young Jewish and Left provides a beautiful cross-section of today’s visionary thinkers, activists, and artists. The film celebrates the profound legacy of resistance among Jews—and criticizes the reactionary elements in Jewish communities, from the occupation to assimilation, patriarchy and homophobia. And it calls the Left to task for generally lacking an understanding of Jewish history or culture.”
—Dan Berger, Left Turn Magazine


Nominated, Best Documentary, ARPA International Film Festival (2006)
Official Selection, Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (2007)
Official Selection, Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival (2007)
Official Selection, Not Quite Kosher Film Festival, San Diego State University Hillel (2007)
Official Selection, Big Muddy Film Festival, University of Southern Illinois (2007)
Official Selection, Jewdas Jewish Film Festival, London (2007)
Official Selection, National Conference on Organized Resistance (2007)
Official Selection, Practicing Jews: Art, Identity, and Culture Conference (2007)
Official Selection, Maine Jewish Film Festival (2008)
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Irit Reinheimer & Michael Konnie Chameides

Michael Konnie Chameides

Assistant Editor: 
Irit Reinheimer

Artistic Director: 
Mendal d. Polish