Several weeks back, I wrote here about a webseries, Dude, Where's My Chutzpah, from writer-director-star, Jessie Kahweiler. The wonderfully exuberant Ms. Kahweiler has a very entertaining article in the Huffington Post about what lead to the series that concerns a girl on a spiritual quest for un-spirtual reasons, getting an inheritance from her grandmother's bequest, but the piece mostly focuses on the iconic sequence from the part-fiction, part-reality series, when her character goes to Israel to discover the Western Wall, but ends up instead mistakenly on the Palestinean side, at the West Bank Wall, debating with Israeli soldiers and getting literally tear-gassed.
(Ms. Kahnweiler is the one on the blue, polka dot dress.
But then, who else would wear a polka dot dress...?)
The article here is filled with her whimsical and wry commentary, like how she considers herself "devoutly ambivalent" and how she decided to take her film production overseas to the Western Wall because she figured "it was equivalent to Laker's courtside seats at the God Playoffs." Once in Israel, Ms. Kahnweiler's confusion of that nation's conflict with Palestine grew even greater, as her Israeli friends there assured her it would. This leads her to write, "I wondered what God's role was in all this. I pictured God getting drunk at a bar and promising to go home with BOTH countries."
The article has a link to the latest webisodes, but if you haven't seen any of it yet, here is the YouTube channel from the beginning. The whole series is very well done, but for my taste it picks up and turns unique when traveling to Israel in Episode 7.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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