September 8, 2008 | 4:41 am
Posted by The Web Guy
We’ve been waiting for this to come out online for free, and here it is. Tiffany Shlain’s amazing ‘The Tribe’—narrated by Peter Coyote—explores the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham up through today, and uses the Barbie doll (created by Southern California Jewish mother Ruth Handler) as the axis to spin our story in many unexpected and compelling directions.
Cool animation, found footage, etc. Highly recommended. 17 minutes.
Tiffany is from Up North but she qualifies as a Hollywood Jew with this entry.
The YouTube site says:
What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an electric ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people- from Biblical times to present day. By tracing Barbie’s history, the film sheds light on the questions: What does it mean to be an American Jew today? What does it mean to be a member of any tribe in the 21st Century?
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