Pushed Learning and Media is proud to announce the release of the trailer for our first feature length documentary film, 70 Years Across the Sea: American Jews and 21st Century Zionism. The project examines the role of Israel in forming American Jewish identity in the post-World War II era, and how American Jews interpret and react to opposing narratives from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Directed by Pushed founder Eric Axelman and produced by Nikolos Gonzales, the film is currently in post-production and is set to be released in June of 2018. It features original footage and interviews from Israel and the West Bank gathered over the past two years incorporating a variety of subjects, including American Jews who had made Aliyah, Palestinian anti-occupation activists in the West Bank, and Israeli settlers living illegally in occupied territory.
While the Jewish people have been largely united politically in the 70 years since World War II, there are now vast cultural and political differences between and within America's and Israel’s Jewish communities. How the world’s two largest Jewish populations confront the daunting ethical challenges stemming from Zionism in Israel and assimilation abroad will impact not only the character of the Jewish people in the 21st century, but also the limits of international law and the lives of millions of Palestinians living under a half century of military occupation and land seizure.
70 Years Across the Sea delves into the stories, perspectives, and ideologies of American Jews and American Jewish expatriates living in the US, Israel, and the internationally condemned settlements, as they consider what it means to be Jewish in an increasingly diverse yet nationalistic world, and as they fight for their dramatically different versions of the Jewish future.