(18 minutes) USA
Director/Producer: Tiffany Shlain
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 what it means to be an American Jew in the 21st Century.
Honored as one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is the founder and ambassador of The Webby Awards and an award-winning filmmaker. Tiffany's career is guided by a passion for unraveling complex ideas in unorthodox ways. Her work covers an array of topics, from the internet to politics to religion. She has directed eight films including Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness, a Sundance Film Festival selection 2003 and broadcast on TV on The Sundance Channel. She studied film theory at UC Berkeley and film production at NYU. In addition to her filmmaking, she continues to work on The Webbys and is invited to lecture on both her filmmaking and the Web's affect on society. The 10th Annual Webby Awards were in New York City, June 2006. She is currently developing a film that takes a grand tour of the issues surrounding reproduction from a global perspective, the film will touch upon the topics of fertility, poverty, sex, contraception, beauty, AIDS, reproductive rights, love, and genetics.
Tiffany Shlain, Producer/Director
©2006 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)