Jewish humor has travelled from the Shtetl to Hollywood, from the Torah to Comic books. Jewish humor is tradition and pop culture – and also a cliché? Especially in Germany and Austria, Jewish jokes became very popular after the Second World War. Jewish humor is, allegedly, self-ironic – and laughing about the Jews together with the Jews seems like a convenient way for the perpetrator countries to cope with their dark pasts. But is Jewish humor really always self-mocking – or is the matter more complex? In the documentary, rabbis, comedians and writers from Germany, Austria, France and Israel have their say. Who owns Jewish humour – and who owns the laughter?
Who’s Afraid of Jewish Humor?
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RUN TIME: 71 Minutes
LANGUAGE(S): German, French, English, Hebrew
PREMIERE STATUS: US Premiere
SCREENWRITER(S):Jascha Hannover, Arkadij Khaet