One need not travel to the Middle East to learn about diversity in Israel. Tonight's screening of "Shiva" will bring to life the story of a Jewish Morrocan family in mourning.
The screening was originally scheduled for February, but due to inclement weather renowned cinematographer Yoav Kosh, a Schusterman Visiting Artist for the spring semester at Colby, could not make the trip.
"I think it's exciting because Bowdoin typically doesn't have events that are related to Middle Eastern cultures or Jewish culture in general," said Hillel member Adam Rasgon '13.
Shiva is a seven-day mourning period in Jewish culture. Rasgon noted that "Shiva" will expose Bowdoin students to a culture that is often not explored publicly.
"American culture traditionally thinks of Israel as a homogenous society, that Israeli and Jewish opinion are one in the same," said Rasgon. "Where in reality there is a diverse background and array of Jews that live in Israel and number of Jewish movements."
"And this film is going to bring light to that idea," he added.
The film is sponsored by Hillel, the Bowdoin Film Society, and the Film Studies Department.
The screening will be followed by a discussion tonight at 7 p.m. in Smith Auditorium in Sills Hall. It is free and open to the public.