Rootless Cosmopolitans
TitleRootless Cosmopolitans
DirectorRuth Novaczeck
CountryUK
Year1990
Duration20mins
Format16mm, Vhs video, Umatic video
DescriptionEstelle and Lily are two Jewish women for whom keeping a kosher home and marrying a nice Jewish boy are not on the agenda. Alienated from themselves and wondering why 'it isn't exactly trendy to be Jewish', Estelle and Lily meet each other and explore their Jewishness. They explore the stories of a mother and daughter in fifties Britain, a refugee from Vienna, and Israeli Iranian storyteller, a neurotic father, a Trinidadian woman, and finally the two women end up on a roof looking at Israel. ROOTLESS COSMOPOLITANS mixes music, family and food to take a wry look at the myth of the Jewish princess and asks 'What is a Jew?'