Perspective is the best commodity when telling a story. One person who gets it is Ron Leshem.
The Academy Award-nominated writer who produced "Prisoners of War," the Israeli series that Showtime's "Homeland" is based on, will talk about what the Israeli TV industry reveals about its culture in a special presentation at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library.
The speaking event is sponsored by the Israel Center and Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM. The federation is putting on a number of community programs this year as part of its ongoing Israel@65 activities sponsored by the Israel Center to celebrate 65 years of Israeli independence, and the Stahl Center’s 2013-14 series, "Art & Conflict: Ashkenaz and Beyond."
Leshem’s first novel "Beaufort" is a gritty tale, told in a dairy style of a commander stationed at "Beaufort" in the last winter of Israeli occupation.
"Evocative, heartbreaking, and haunting … Leshem’s novel captures the soldiers’ pathos and the claustrophobia of an isolated outpost," the Dallas Morning News wrote about the book. "As they approach withdrawal and the planned demolition of Beaufort, these emotions build to a shattering climax."
In 2009, Leshem wrote "Noloofar," a coming of age story of Kami, a young man who abandons the city of his youth for the bright lights of Teheran, where he falls in love with a race car driver. Their love leads him to underground parties, forbidden drugs, music and desire.
Leshem is a native of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. "Beaufort" won the Sapir Prize – Israel’s top literary award – for 2006, as well as the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for military literature.
From 1998 to 2002 Leshem served on the editorial board of Yediot Ahronot newspaper, according to his bio. In 2002 he became deputy editor of Maariv newspaper and in 2006 joined the Channel Two television station as deputy director in charge of programming and special projects.
The film version of "Beaufort" won a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival 2007. Lesham is now developing adaptations for his own shows for NBC Universal.
The work in film, television and newspapers will provide a solid foundation for Leshem to talk about.
More on the free presentation and other Israel@65 activities can be found on MilwaukeeJewish.org.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Steve Kabelowsky
Published Oct. 24, 2014
Neil deGrasse Tyson will be making a pair of appearances at The Riverside in December. His "Science as a Way of Knowing" set for Dec. 11 is already sold out. However, tickets are still available for "This Just in: Latest Discoveries in the Universe" on Dec. 10. The long-time executive editor of "Nova ScienceNow" will host a discussion of current discoveries in the universe.
Published Oct. 22, 2014
Dennis Krause, a veteran of the sports landscape in Milwaukee - and Wisconsin for that matter - hit a milestone on his sports studio show "The Roundtable." The mainstay on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel aired its 2,000th episode on Tuesday night.
Published Oct. 20, 2014
When fans of different flavors converge on Milwaukee this weekend to attend Fantasicon, the first comic con in the area, it will be interesting to take in the die-hard support for a multitude of different things -- including professional wrestling.
Published Oct. 17, 2014
Jay Leno will return to television hosting a new primetime show for CNBC. Based on his ongoing web series, the tentatively titled "Jay Leno's Garage" will start sometime early next year.
Published Oct. 15, 2014
The documentary "Wisconsin Remembers John F. Kennedy," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, has been given the 2014 Governor's Archives Award for Archival Innovation by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Published Oct. 13, 2014
U.S. Cellular teamed up with "Shark Tank" for what it is calling a, "multi-faceted, first-of-its-kind campaign to provide access for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in a way like never before." Basically, a casting call.
Published Oct. 10, 2014
Mike Gousha hosts the Wisconsin Attorney General debate at Marquette University which airs live at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Published Oct. 7, 2014
Starting tonight, "The Flash" kicks off its own show, and "Arrow" starts its third season on Wednesday. Locally, WVTV-TV is taking advantage of the heavy-hitting comic hero nights to launch its new schedule.
Published Oct. 7, 2014
In "Million Dollar Arm," a Disney sports film that comes out on Blu-ray and digital copy today, a sports agent finds his heart on his journey to find the next Major League Baseball star.
Published Oct. 6, 2014
Fantasticon is billed as Milwaukee's First Comic Con, and will take place on Oct. 24-26 at the Crowne Plaza near Mitchell Airport. Organizers said, "cosplayers, collectors, gamers, fanboys, fangirls, kids, adults and everybody in-between will be celebrating all three days!"