Praise the Lard
The story of the pork industry in Israel, an industry that has raised ethnic tensions and heated struggles over the country’s short history. Sitting firmly between Israel’s most essential identity issues and the fundamental right to freedom of choice, how did the unsuspecting pig turn into such a central taboo in the Jewish tradition and one of the secular state’s most prominent symbols? Praise the Lard is a film about the Zionist movement’s attempt to create a “new Jew” in the land of Israel, unbeholden to old traditions, and about this new identity’s struggle to survive in the face of fierce resistance from religious and observant Jews. Praise the Lard presents a sharp take on the outsized role one farm animal came to play in the Holy Land.
Duki Dror and Anat Vogman
Duki Dror and Chen Shelach
Chen Shelach, Giora Goodman, Chaim “Jumes” Oron, Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Rabbi Yitzhak Peres, Kobi Tribitch, Sar Shalom Eyal, Alex Schmerling, Yehudit Shelach
Produced with the help of
IBA Channel 1 and The New Fund for Cinema and Television
IBA Channel 1
Master of Art International Film Festival , Bulgaria , 2018
Seattle Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2018
New York Jewish Film Festival , USA , 2018
Berlin Jewish Film Festival , Germany , 2017
Jewish Motifs , Poland , 2017
Toronto Jewish Film Festival , Canada , 2017
Haifa International Film Festival , Israel , 2016
http://www.goodfoodrevolution.com/israeli-pork-praise-lard/ Review by Malcolm Jolley
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