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An unorthodox, unauthorized, history of the Jewish people

and the Barbie doll…in about 18min.


What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an electric ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people- from Biblical times to present day. By tracing Barbie’s history, the film sheds light on the questions: What does it mean to be an American Jew today? What does it mean to be a member of any tribe in the 21st Century?

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Check out Director Tiffany Shlain’s award-winning feature documentary Connected available on DVD, Home Discussion Kit, Educational Kit, and for community screenings, but also on all digital platforms, including watching the film directly from this site below: