Just an Ordinary Jew

In this one-man show a respected German Jew journalist named Emanuel Goldfarb struggles with his identity after receiving an invitation to speak to a group of young students about the implications of being Jewish in modern society. At first Goldfarb prepares to politely decline the invitation, but the more he thinks about it the more his emotions begin to boil over. He resents the fact that he has become an object of academic curiosity in the modern, politically correct German society when just a few decades ago he entire race was nearly wiped out by the Third Reich, and wants nothing more than to be an "ordinary Jew." Unfortunately for Goldfarb it doesn't appear that there is such a thing, and over the course of the night he will pace his apartment while spewing a sleepless rant and wrestling with his own complex identity. http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/349598/Just-an-Ordinary-Jew/overview

Original title:
Ein Ganz Gewöhnlicher Jude
89 minutes
Oliver Hirschbiegel

Shown at

  1. Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Festival - 2007

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