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Jewish Studies: Jewish Film

Jewish Film at Stanford Libraries

Stanford Libraries actively collects materials for the study of Jewish film -- from archives to scripts to new books and media. Each year we acquire rare DVDs and Blu-Rays, and license hard-to-find films for use by researchers and class. (Or just for something to watch!) 


Since 2020-2021, Stanford University Libraries and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies have jointly sponsored REWIND: The Shenson Retrospective Film Series. Each year, we select a programming theme and organize screenings and other events around those films. 

  • In 2020-2021, the REWIND series focused on Jewish women filmmakers. From Girlfriends to Hester Street to Clueless, we explored how Jewish women navigate the worlds of Hollywood, independent film, and television. An archived version of a LibGuide dedicated to the 2020-2021 series is available here. 
  • In 2021-2022, inspired by the forty-year anniversary of Gitai’s landmark documentary House (1980), we dedicated the second series to the theme of בית, of House/Home in international Jewish film. 
  • In 2022-2023, the third series of REWIND took as its theme "Jews and Genre," interrogating how Jewish identity plays out in SciFi, Horror, Gangster films, and revenge movies.