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Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa

by Marlene Booth

Identity and being different

Yidl in the Middle looks at growing up "different" in America. In this evocative, entertaining film, filmmaker Marlene Booth probes her Iowa-Jewish roots. Through home movies, period photos, her high school reunion, and current interviews, she examines the complicated process of negotiating identity -- as an American, a Jew, and a woman. A compelling film, sure to provoke discussion.

quoteThis fascinating exploration of how religion, tradition, community, and family affect a young woman's development is a MUST SEE for classes in education, psychology, and American Studies.
Mary Brabeck, Dean
School of Education
Boston College

quoteThis extraordinary film is not only about growing up Jewish in cornbelt America...It is universally relevant to all of us as we find our places in a world of others.
Phil Brown
Professor of Sociology
Brown University


  • Finalist, USA Film Festival
  • First Prize Winner, Jewish Video Competition
Yidl in the Middle: Growing Up Jewish in Iowa

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