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I am Joseph, Your Brother

An important but overlooked topic gets thorough examination in this straightforward docu, which chronicles Catholic-Jewish relations in the past 60 years or more. "I Am Joseph, Your Brother" is too determinedly educational to move into the general arena, but screening at religious events is assured, as is some tube play.

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Narrators: Rahel Jaskow, Yosef Yaakov.

An important but overlooked topic gets thorough examination in this straightforward docu, which chronicles Catholic-Jewish relations in the past 60 years or more. “I Am Joseph, Your Brother” is too determinedly educational to move into the general arena, but screening at religious events is assured, as is some tube play.

Title is Biblical reference that Pope John XXIII made when visiting Rome’s big synagogue for the first time. His note of reconciliation was blunted slightly by fact that the Old Testament Joseph was a victim — his brothers sold him into slavery — and the Vatican has been a historic sponsor of Jewish suffering, but the sentiment was genuine. As explained by a series of thoughtful talking heads, shot in Israel, Italy, and the U.S., the sibling connection has steadily improved since the ascension of the current, Polish-born pontif. Skew is more from Catholic side, and some measure in change in attitude is found in a nun who declares that “Jesus was a Jew, and if we believe in the Resurrection, he’s still a Jew.”

I am Joseph, Your Brother

Israel

Production: A Tal-El Prods. (Jerusalem) production, in association with the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and the Catholic Communications Campaign. Produced by Elaine Tal-El. Directed by Eli Tal-El, Amy Kronish. Screenplay, Elaine Tal-El.

Crew: Camera (color, BetaSP), editors, Kronish, Eli Tal-El; music, Yves Touati. Reviewed on videocassette at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, May 29, 2003. Running time: 60 MIN.

With: Narrators: Rahel Jaskow, Yosef Yaakov.

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