The official Zionist narrative

Reading Guide 1: Shohat: Sepharadim in Israel: Zionism from the stand point of its Jewish victims; Nichols “The Voice of Documentary.”

Terminology

Zionism Mizrahim voice

discourse meta-narrative documentary

Ashkenazim modes of representation

Questions:

  1. What is the official Zionist narrative?
  2. How does Shohat deconstruct this narrative?
  3. What are some of the new frameworks for analysis she offers?
  4. What is the source of the conflict between Arab-Jews and Zionism?
  5. What is the ‘voice’ in a documentary film?
  6. What can the voice in documentary film tell us about the style of representation intended by the director?
  7. How do the different styles of representation in documentary film affect the film’s text?