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The New York Times Review: 'Kike Like Me'

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“Are you Jewish?” is a question often lobbed at Jamie Kastner, a Toronto filmmaker and writer. Why do you want to know?, he asks in a film that flings the question back as he moves around the globe — New York, London, Jerusalem, Paris, Berlin — to engage a widely varied cast of characters about the meanings of Jewishness. With the deliberately provocative and potentially offensive title “Kike Like Me,” his documentary is to have its television premiere in this country Monday night at 10 on the Sundance Channel.

The film, which Mr. Kastner wrote, directed and produced, is what he calls “a black comic road movie about identity.” On that road the curly-haired, 35-year-old Mr. Kastner meets friendly Lubavitcher Jews in Brooklyn, who beam as he dons tefillin, boxes containing Scriptural passages, as well as young Arabs in the diverse Paris suburb of Sarcelles who say that if he is a Jew “we don’t like you.” Mr. Kastner asks the young men to consider him as an individual, but they resort to a series of insults. Read more - 

Laura Baron Kastner